Mar 16, 2021

FM: Hungary supports the EU’s military operations in the Sahel region

The foreign minister highlighted the EU’s operations in the Sahel region, praising France for its efforts in the mission so far and expressing Hungary’s support.


The foreign minister said Hungary supports the European Union’s military operations in the Sahel region of West Africa and is tripling its number of troops taking part in the mission.

In a message on Facebook, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary proposes that the EU should make its operations in Sahel one of its most important missions in Africa. He noted that the EU’s Portuguese presidency had convened a meeting of the bloc’s interior and foreign ministers. “The key issue remains the same: migration should be stopped rather than managed,” the minister said.

Minister Szijjártó said the EU must continue cooperating with Turkey as well as the Western Balkan and North African countries. The migrant situation can only be managed by forming good partnerships. The minister added that Sub-Saharan Africa would be one of the main places of origin for migrants in the future. “Therefore we must do everything we can to prevent the emergence of new migration waves from that region,” Minister Szijjártó said.

Photo credit: Facebook/Szijjártó Péter