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Mar 15, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Coronavirus UPDATE – PM Orbán: Hungary not allowing Serbian arrivals from Italy

“Hungary is still not in a position to permit entrance to anyone coming from Italy, including those Serbian citizens who want to return to Serbia,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a video on his Facebook page.

PM Viktor Orbán traveled to Belgrade on Sunday morning and was welcomed by Aleksandar Vučić, President of Serbia. Following the meeting, the Hungarian Prime Minister recorded a short video message in front of the Hungarian embassy in Belgrade in which he said that “he and the Serbian president had exchanged their experiences dealing with the coronavirus.”

He also said that they share a common issue, namely the Serbian-Hungarian border. The leaders agreed that freight traffic could continue between the two countries, albeit with security measures in place.

“However, Hungary is still not in a position to permit entrance to anyone coming from Italy, including those Serbian citizens who want to return to Serbia,” PM Orbán said, adding, “I asked the President of Serbia for his understanding that Hungary's border remains closed to those coming from Italy.”

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