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Oct 24, 2019

FM: The most effective way to fight terrorism is to eliminate illegal migration

The Hungarian government promotes taking help where the problems are rather than importing them, and has spent some USD 40 million on helping Christian communities in troubled regions.

The Foreign Minister has said the most effective way to fight terrorism is to eliminate illegal migration.

During his opening speech at a forum of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) held in Tirana, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said terrorism and uncontrolled mass migration were interlinked, and the main challenges facing Europe. He said terrorists use the masses of migrants to spread their fighters all over the world.

The Minister stressed that rather than encourage people to leave their homes, a safe life in their homelands should be ensured. He added that illegal migration does not respect the borders of countries or cultures, and that “we have to make a joint effort against radicalism and extremism”.

According to MTI, the Minister said illegal mass migration has enhanced the danger of terrorism in Europe; since 2015, more than 30 attacks have been committed in the EU by people with migration backgrounds.

Minister Szijjártó said cooperation between the European Union and the Mediterranean region is key in the matter, as well as working with Middle Eastern and northern African countries so they protect their borders and stop the transit of migrants as that could lead to the free movement of terrorists.

The Hungarian government promotes taking help where the problems are rather than importing them, and has spent some USD 40 million on helping Christian communities in troubled regions.

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