06/11/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/11/2021 01:08
On Thursday afternoon in the Carmelite Monastery, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán received President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Ronald S. Lauder after his guest attended the opening of the synagogue in Rumbach Sebestyén utca in Budapest, Bertalan Havasi, the Prime Minister's press chief informed the Hungarian news agency MTI.
The refurbishment of the historical building of international significance which was awarded an ICOMOS prize was implemented from a budget of HUF 3.2 billion, including government funding.
At the meeting, which was also attended by Minister without Portfolio for Families Katalin Novák, Mr Orbán and Mr Lauder established that similar to the years before, the Jewish community in Hungary can continue to rely on the Hungarian government's assistance in every possible way. The President of the WJC spoke in words of praise about the government funding provided for the Jewish community in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as well as about the health care, social and cultural projects and developments which serve to improve the quality of life of Jews living in Hungary.
Mr Lauder described Mr Orbán's recent visit to Israel as encouraging, and thanked the Government of Hungary for standing up for and supporting the Jewish state at international forums.
Mr Orbán recalled that the Hungarian government continues to advocate zero tolerance regarding anti-Semitism, and in the spirit of common values he offered the President of the World Jewish Congress continued cooperation.