Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó held talks in Mexico on economic issues on Tuesday and he is scheduled to sign an agreement on Hungary granting 2 billion forints (EUR 6.23m) for the rebuilding of two Catholic churches in Mexico. One of them is a cloister in the countryside and the other is in the centre of Mexico City. The latter’s painted windows are illustrated with images of Hungarian saints. Hungarian State Secretary Tristan Azbej was also part of the delegation.
Mr Szijjártó told MTI by phone that he had met Mexican Minister of Economy Graciela Marquez Colin. Tristan Azbej, head of the State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians was also part of the delegation. He is as well responsible for
the ‘Hungary Helps programme’ which focuses on two main areas: raising awareness to Christian persecution and providing humanitarian aid in regions of crisis (e.g. financing/co-financing the construction of schools, hospitals, and community centres, or the rebuilding of ruined churches).
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó revealed that the development of Mexican-Hungarian relations has well demonstrated the success of the collaboration between the two countries. Mexico is Hungary’s number one trade partner in the region, with bilateral trade exceeding 1 billion dollars last year, including 875 million dollars of exports, he added.
The Hungarian government launched a policy of opening to the south in 2015 which placed emphasis on cooperation with Latin American countries with fast-growing economies, he added.
The Mexican economy is the second most significant in Latin America, after Brazil’s, he said. Mexico’s growing car industry is seeking European partners and import demand is large for pharmaceuticals and health equipment. The challenges faced by Mexico’s agriculture have generated interest in European irrigation technologies, he added.
Opportunities for Hungarian businesses are available in the Mexican market in those four areas, Szijjártó said.
“The fact that Mexico is the world’s second largest Catholic country is also important, creating a link with Hungary which has been a Christian country for a thousand years”, he stated.
Mexico was hit by a serious earthquake in 2017, which caused damages in churches, said the Hungarian foreign minister. He added he would sign an agreement with Minister of Culture Alejandra Fausto on support for the rebuilding of two Catholic churches.
One of them is a cloister in the countryside and the other is in the centre of Mexico City, he revealed.
The latter’s painted windows are illustrated with images of important figures of Christianity. You can see the first Christian king of Hungarian History Stephen I, who is also our very first Hungarian Saint. He is pictured as he is offering the Hungarian crown (representing the whole country) to the Virgin Mary.