During his visit to The Hague, Deputy State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians at the Ministry of Human Capacities Mr Tamás Török has met with members of the Dutch parliament as well as with the president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, and the Hungarian judge of the ICC, Dr. Péter Kovács.

Tamás Török has outlined the activities of the Deputy State Secretariat established in October 2016. They have examined the possibilities of the cooperation, and Deputy State Secretary Török handed over the Hungarian parliament’s resolution about the condemnation of the genocide in the Middle East and Africa, and the support of the persecuted persons, which was unanimously approved in December 2016 by all five parliamentary groups. During the negotiations, the members of the Dutch parliament called the initiative of the Hungarian Government much-needed and exemplary, and expressed their hope for close cooperation between the Hungarian and Dutch decision-makers in this field as well. The partners also agreed that the international cooperation should be strengthened in order to provide the persecuted Christians with acceptable guarantees to their return to the land of their birth.

Tamás Török has informed his partners that the Deputy State Secretariat will organise a world meeting in October where the Middle East church leaders will share what is happening to their communities. The Deputy State Secretariat is counting on the participation of politicians and international organisations committed to this subject. Furthermore, the Deputy State Secretary informed his partners that the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon Louis Raphael I Sako visited Budapest last week and concluded an agreement with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on government funding for the repair of homes in Tesqopa, Iraq. The allocated amount of EUR 1.9 million will help the return of almost 200 Christian families in Iraq, who now live as refugees in their own country. Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog has agreed with Archbishop of Erbil Bashar Matti Warda that the Hungarian Government will finance the pharmaceuticals requirements of St. Joseph’s Clinic Erbil for a period of six months.