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Austria is a natural partner of Hungary and the Visegrád Group, and all of them together can cooperate in crucial areas, including migration, security, border protection, competitiveness, climate protection and enlargement.
“I trust that strategic cooperation between [ruling] Fidesz and the Austrian Freedom Party … will continue in the future, and we can maintain friendly ties based on mutual confidence and Christian-Conservative values,” PM Orbán wrote in a letter to Hofer.
In a joint press conference with Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that he’d like to see the same changes in Europe that have occurred in Austria, where the government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his ruling Austrian People’s Party thrive in cooperation with the patriotic Freedom Party.
Prime Minister Orbán is due to meet Austrian Freedom Party Chairman Heinz-Christian Strache this afternoon in Budapest. Prior to the meeting, the PM discussed Hungary-Austria relations, liberalism, European politics and migration in an exclusive interview with Austrian daily Kleine Zeitung. Here are some of the highlights:
According to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, the recent decision on family supplements by the Austrian Government is unfair and unjust to the people of Hungary. PM Orbán’s government will do whatever it takes to protect the interests of Hungarians abroad.
János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said the government's plan was already in full swing, evident by last week’s Visegrád Group summit in Budapest and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s official visit to Vienna earlier this week
An “alliance of common sense” is in the making, said Prime Minister Orbán, countries that ask where it would lead if we accept the right to migration as a fundamental human right and allow the UN to oversee international migration. Hungary will not participate in anything that runs counter to its security interests.
“I am looking forward to our work together, with which I may contribute to the strengthening of Hungarian-Austrian relations, the development of the Central European region and the restoration of our continent’s security," PM Orbán said
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said eastern and western Europe should “put aside political correctness and hypocrisy” and work together in countering the threat of terrorism for the sake of protecting the continent
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that "everyone can see that the policies employed by Brussels so far have been ineffective.” Those politicians who deny that there is a need for change in the EU are seriously hurting the bloc, he said, adding that Chancellor Kern was one such politician