Orban holds talks with to apostolic nuncio to Syria

Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday met Archbishop Mario Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio to Syria, in his office, the PM’s press chief said.

Orban handed over to Zenari a document on the Hungarian government’s humanitarian aid efforts in Syria, Bertalan Havasi said.

The prime minister stressed Hungary’s commitment to helping communities and families in need in the Middle East and relieving the humanitarian disaster there.
He noted his government’s position that help should be provided at the point where it is needed rather than “bringing trouble over to Europe”. As a sign of its solidarity, the Hungarian government — via its Hungary Helps scheme — has donated 505 million forints (EUR 1.6m) in aid to the Italian AVSI Foundation with a view to funding the operation of Aleppo’s St. Louis Hospital and the French Hospital and Italian Hospital in Damascus for a year.

Children are the biggest victims of the armed conflict in Syria, Archbishop Mario Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio to Syria, said in Budapest on Monday. Eight years ago, the “flood of violence” came down on Syria unexpectedly, Zenari said in a lecture he gave at Pazmany Peter Catholic University. The biggest victims of the brutality were minorities, mainly Christians. Of them, women and children have suffered the most, the nuncio said.

Tristan Azbej, the state secretary for aiding persecuted Christians, talked about the government’s “Hungary Helps” scheme aimed at helping Christians. He said the programme has two main goals in Syria: saving lives and giving the people there a future perspective.

Source and photo: MTI

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