On Sunday, Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban, Putin’s closest EU ally, arrived in Tehran on a 4-day visit. He held a meeting with Iran’s first vice-president Es’haq Jahangiri on Monday. At the end of the meeting, both signed eight documents and memoranda of understanding to improve relations between the two nations in the fields of trade and foreign policy.
Viktor Orban is viewed as a hero by Europe’s anti-Muslim White and Jewish supremacist groups for refusing to admit Syrian Muslim refugees. Like Netanyahu, Orban too has built a fence to keep refugees out.
On Tuesday, Orban accompanied by members of his delegation went to meet Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei (here). Ayatollah Khamenei told the visitors that Islamic Republic’s logic is based on cooperation with nations. “The Hungarian government’s declared policy of the ‘shift toward Asia’ is a right policy that can result in enhanced cooperation” between the two sides,” he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that most enmities and grudges stem from lack of correct and mutual understanding, adding: “Today, under the atmosphere of propaganda that dominates the world, the realities are portrayed upside down and these hazy atmosphere will be to the detriment of humanity and mankind.”
Ayatollah Khamenei mentioned extensive propaganda campaign against the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran over the past four decades as another example of the hypocritical approach taken by global propaganda machines in dealing with realities, adding: “Dialogue and reciprocal visits between thinkers and scholars” will be in favor of the reality and help elucidate it and “for this reason, we agree with such exchanges.”
Responding to Ayatullah Khamenei’s remarks, Viktor Orban said: “Mutual understanding’ is the basis and foundation of lasting cooperation and given the prominent and respected standing of Iran in global equations, we hope to create opportunities for bilateral cooperation at different levels through your support.”
The World Jewish Congress has been running anti-Hungary campaign for over decade. It has accused Budapest of not doing enough to counter hatred toward country’s Jewish community. It has also condemned Hungary’s rising opposition party Jobbik of spreading hatred against Israel and establishing close links with Iran.