Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: Facebook

Szijjarto: Hungary ‘uncompromising’ in self-defence, national values

Hungary's government has reacted to changes in the world, such as the coronavirus pandemic, the economic crisis and the war in Ukraine, with "uncompromising" commitment to representing national interests and strengthening self-defence, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Turin on Friday.

The 21st century seems to turn out differently from what was expected, Szijjarto told the meeting of CoE foreign ministers.

Hungary will continue to promote national interests in defending physical, economic and energy security, as well as in protecting Christianity, culture, families and the home, he said.

The war in Ukraine is a serious security risk for Hungary, a neighbouring country, which has a vested interest in restoring peace in the region, he said.

At the same time, sanctions should hit those targeted the most, he said.

On the issue of family protection, Szijjarto said Hungary defined the family as the Judeo-Christian culture has done for thousands of years, by saying that the father is a man, the mother a woman, and children are raised by their parents, he said.

Hungary respects if other countries want to live differently, and expects the same for others, he said.

Unless the world is able to return to the principle of mutual respect in international relations, the challenges facing the world will be exacerbated, he said.

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