Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: Facebook

Szijjarto inaugurates national memorial

Hungary responds to the challenges to its sovereignty and traditions by strengthening its Christian traditions, Peter Szijjarto, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said in Gyor, in northwest Hungary, on Friday.

Speaking at the inauguration of a national memorial site comprising the Kaptalandomb and the remains of the castle in the city centre, Szijjarto said the world had recently faced extreme challenges connected to financial and health-care crises, migration and the war in Ukraine.

In addition, Hungary has seen “attacks against our sovereignty, traditions and Christian culture,” Szijjarto said.

“The decade-long barrage of our self-definition and plans for our future” came because the country’s “civic, patriotic, Christian government consistently went against the international liberal mainstream”, he said.

“Hungary’s Christian Democratic system guarantees its citizens’ dignity, freedom and security, protects equality between men and women, the traditional family model, has declared zero tolerance against anti-Semitism, protects and cherishes Christian culture and so ensures the survival and prosperity of the nation,” he added.

The government has responded to the attacks by repeatedly bolstering Christian traditions, he said. The inauguration of the site is a step in that process, as the Gyor castle is “an iconic site of Hungarian history, a thousand-year-old memorial of what we Hungarians think of the world and how we define ourselves”, he added.

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