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Mar 03, 2020

FM: Hungary will protect its borders “under all circumstances”

Péter Szijjártó said the security of the country and the Hungarian people comes first.

The foreign minister said Hungary will protect its borders “under all circumstances” and will not let in any illegal migrants.

Following talks with Serbian Interior Minister Nebojša Stefanović in Belgrade, Péter Szijjártó said the security of the country and the Hungarian people comes first.

The minister said the talks focused on border protection as well as the situation in Turkey and Syria. He added that developments at the Turkey-Greece border were worrying and suggested that hundreds of thousands of migrants could soon arrive in the Western Balkans.

According to MTI, Minister Szijjártó said he had phoned his Greek counterpart and assured Greece of Hungary’s support. “Hungary knows what it is like when the country’s borders are under an organized attack … while the international liberal media is churning out fake news”.

Minister Szijjártó said the current situation also highlights the importance of the European integration of the Western Balkans, arguing that “the further south Europe’s defense lines are, the better”. 

The minister urged the EU to speed up its accession talks with Serbia, saying that the country was ready to open up five new chapters in those negotiations. He also called on the EU’s Croatian presidency to give its consent to the accession talks.