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Péter Szijjártó: Hungary Helps Programme provides funding in 25 countries

The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade announces that the Hungary Helps Programme has provided 1,4 billion HUF funding [3,720,306 EUR] in 25 countries this year.

On the 16th of April, Péter Szijjártó released a video on his social media site describing the financial aid aimed at supporting communities in need in their native countries. He described the numerous issues nations currently have to face. As news agencies have been primarily reporting on the war in Ukraine, the focus has shifted from worldwide health concerns, epidemics, the significant pressure of migration, and the concerning spread of terrorism and extremist ideas. The Minister put particular emphasis on the severe challenges people have to struggle with on a daily basis. 

The strategy of “bringing everyone to Europe” has been unsuccessful – he said. He went on to state that we should aid people in their home countries and help them remain in their own places of residence.

“We should help out places in trouble, not bring trouble to places where there are currently no issues,” he added. 

Hungary has provided financial aid in 50 countries so far, assisting communities in building hospitals and schools and improving local infrastructure. Preserving its millennial Christian state heritage, Hungary prioritises helping Christian communities that have been forced to live with grave challenges. In addition, the Programme assists African countries where due to famine and natural disasters, the spread of extreme ideologies aggravated terrorism. 

Mr Szijjártó also mentioned concerns related to the Middle East, Asian territories and the Western Balkans, where migration significantly burdens communities. 



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