Viktor Orbán gives thanks to those helping the refugees

Author: MTI-hvg.hu Original title:  Orbán Viktor köszönetet mondott a menekültek segítőinek
Publication: hvg.hu , Photo:MTI – Zsolt SZIGETVÁRY Date:12:46 08/09/2015

Viktor Orbán gives thanks to those helping the refugees

Though the Prime Minister did not offer his thanks to the civilian self-organized helpers, he did appreciate the help of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid. He asked the latter organisations to continue providing aid to those who need it.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán thanked the organisations aiding migrants for their work during the meeting held with László Lehel, president and director of the Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) and Imre Kozma, leader of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta on Tuesday morning – said Bertalan Havasi, chief of the Prime Minister’s press office.

During the meeting in the Parliament, the PM listened to his guests’ presentation about work done thus far, and he asked the aid organisations to carry on helping those in need – said the press chief.

In their article published at the end of June, Hungarian news magazine hvg.hu wrote that while the government admittedly cannot tackle the sustenance of the refugees arriving to Hungary, the state still does not make use of help from civilians. Interestingly, the large aid organisations in Hungary were idle – as we wrote then.

Later, when the refugee crisis became intensified, former President of Hungary László Sólyom drew attention to the fact that the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta was also conducting active aid by, for instance, handing out relief packages and providing medical attention to the refugees stuck in the transit zone at Keleti railway station.

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