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Aug 30, 2017

Hungary and Denmark work together to restore security to Europe

Both nations agree that the EU’s external borders should be protected and the problems eliciting illegal migration tackled at their roots

Hungary has an important partnership with Denmark and both countries seek to restore security to Europe, Hungary's foreign minister has said. 

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that Denmark is an important ally of Hungary within the European Union and NATO, and there are “no real disputes” between the two nations.

Minister Szijjártó added that both countries seek to enhance the EU’s competitiveness and restore security in Europe. “We agree that illegal migration and terrorism will remain serious challenges for the European Union in the period to come,” the minister said.

He added that both nations agree that the EU’s external borders should be protected and the problems eliciting illegal migration tackled at their roots.

According to MTI, Minister Szijjártó stressed that Hungary would not support the EU’s mandatory migrant quota scheme under any circumstances, arguing that such a plan would be equivalent to an “invitation” to migrants and would strengthen the “business model” of human smugglers.

The minister said that Denmark is an important economic partner for Hungary. Bilateral trade turnover exceeded one billion euros last year, and the turnover was up 8 percent over the first five months of 2017.

Meanwhile, Anders Samuelson, Denmark's foreign minister, stressed the need to defend the Schengen borders and find appropriate ways of halting illegal migration and human smuggling.