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Feb 26, 2021

FM: It's in Hungary's interest to strengthen ties with Turkey

Turkey currently hosts four million migrants. “If they all broke out for Europe at the same time, we would all be in serious trouble,” the foreign minister said.

 

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said it is in the interest of Hungarian security policy, healthcare, the economy and energy policy to strengthen ties with Turkey.

Following talks with Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister Szijjártó noted that Turkey currently hosts four million migrants. “If they all broke out for Europe at the same time, we would all be in serious trouble,” he said, adding that illegal migration now posed health risks too. He called on European politicians to “consider that when they decide to criticise Turkey.”

The minister added that the global fight against the coronavirus depends on vaccines. Countries with enough vaccines will be able to save their citizens’ lives and their economies, he added. Turkey is currently funding 17 vaccine development projects, with the most advanced soon entering the third test phase, Minister Szijjártó said, adding that Hungary would cooperate in this endeavour.

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