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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had talks with Kenyan Archbishop Anthony Muheria

According to the information of Bertalan Havasi, the Deputy State Secretary heading the Press Office of the Prime Minister, the meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén and Tristan Azbej, Minister of State for Helping Persecuted Christians and the Implementation of the Hungary Helps Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Photo: Press Office of the Prime Minister

The Archdiocese of Nyeri is located in Kenya’s central part, covering a county and a half with a population of 1.5 million, including some half a million Catholics.

Friday’s meeting was preceded by a fact-finding mission of the Hungary Helps Programme to Kenya last March with the participation of Minister of State Tristan Azbej, Member of the European Parliament György Hölvényi, Franciscan priest Csaba Böjte and Jesuit priest Szabolcs Sajgó. During the four-day visit, they met with local church leaders and assessed the aid needs on the ground which are in harmony with the goals of the Hungary Helps Programme, the press chief recalled.

At the meeting, Mr Orbán confirmed that, instead of migration, Hungary supports continued residence and advancement in the native land, and is prepared to contribute to the achievement of this goal also financially. The government believes that help must be taken where there are problems, rather than bringing problems to Europe. In Kenya Hungary wishes to play a part in supporting church missions which seek to help young people threatened by Islamic radicalisation, poverty and the resulting phenomenon of migration, the Hungarian party confirmed at the meeting.