The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade addressed the representatives of the local Hungarian community in a forum ’Challenges ahead of Hungary in the light of the current change of World Politics’ at the Consulate.

Hungary does not agree with the basic position adopted by the UN’s global migration package, which claims that migration is good, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in New York, where he attended intergovernmental talks on the UN Compact for Migration. After the UN panel the Minister also held a discussion in the Consulate with the representatives of the local Hungarian community on the challenges of Hungarian foreign policy in the wake of the recent changes in world politics.

Peter Szijjártó stated that according to the Hungarian position on migration international efforts should be focusing on stopping the phenomenon instead of encouraging and organizing it. He also emphasized the importance that Hungarians should stick and work together since at the end of the day that is exactly what gives the strength of a nation and the communities in the diaspora.

He also urged the Hungarians abroad to participate and vote on the forthcoming parliamentary elections because every vote counts and every voice and opinion must be heard regardless where the Hungarian citizen lives in the World.  

After the Forum the Minister held a commemoration on the occasion of the Hungarian revolution and Freedom Fight in 1848-49. Hungarians can be proud above all of their freedom he said in his speech. Péter Szijjártó said that Hungarians always had to fight for their freedom while stronger powers tried but could never brake the will of the nation.

The Minister congratulated to three community builders too who received Hungarian state awards for their contribution and decades long work to building a stronger Hungarian community in the United States. The awardees are Ildikó Nagy, director of the Hungarian House in New York, Mariann Dr. Polgárné Turcsányi, head of the Hungarian School in Boston, and lead pastor Gábor Nitsch of Bethlen Otthon in Ligonier (PA) respectively.