On "Conflict Zone with Tim Sebastian," the Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjártó denies that his government is xenophobic and calls recent EU talks "wasted time." The DW program airs Wednesday, September 30, at 17.30 UTC.
The European Union recently agreed to resettle up to 120,000 refugees presently in Greece, Hungary and Italy in other member countries. Péter Szijjártó tells Tim Sebastian: "It was totally nonsense to speak about this quota system."
On Hungary’s current reputation of being xenophobic, Szijjártó says: "There is an international campaign in the media against Hungary."
He adds, that "no member of any minority here has to be afraid of anything: we will protect everyone."
Péter Szijjártó, born in 1978, was the youngest member of the Hungarian parliament when he was elected in 2002. Two years later he became Vice Chairman of the Committee on Youth and Sport Affairs and also the spokesman of the conservative Fidesz-Party. In 2012, Prime Minister Orbán nominated Szijjártó as the chairman of several committees to boost Hungarian trade relations. In September 2014, Orbán appointed Szijjártó as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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