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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán received leaders of largest Syrian Protestant congregations

On Tuesday in the Parliament Building Prime Minister Viktor Orbán received the leaders of the largest Syrian Protestant congregations, Joseph Kassab, General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, and Haroutune George Selimian, President of the Armenian Evangelical Community of Syria. He reassured them of Hungary’s support, Orbán’s press chief said.


The meeting was also attended by Tristan Azbej, State Secretary at the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office for persecuted Christians, and István Szabó Bogárdi, bishop of the Danubian Church District based in Budapest.

Mr. Orbán assured them of Hungary’s support and said help needs to be taken where it is needed instead of importing trouble to Europe. He offered the Hungarian government’s financial support to persecuted Christians in order to help them return home.

The guests informed their partners about the situation of Protestant churches in Syria, and the means by which the survival of Christian communities living there could be assisted.

They also said in the territories ravaged by war, reconstruction efforts contribute to families which often face threats and discrimination opting to return or stay at home, instead of migrating and leaving their country, Press Chief Bertalan Havasi told MTI.

The Prime Minister repeated that Hungary shares the view that help should be taken where there is trouble, rather than bringing problems here.

He therefore offered the Hungarian government’s financial support to persecuted Christians so that families which suffered a great deal in the war and were forced to leave can finally return to their homes, Mr Havasi said.

Source:  via MTI

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