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May 04, 2018

Hungary calls on EU to increase funding for Central Asia so they can protect their borders against migrants heading for Europe

During an international conference on terrorism and curbing extremism in Tajikistan, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said it is no longer an exaggeration to declare that the security of Europe begins in Central Asia

The Hungarian government has called on the European Union to increase the funding it provides to the countries of Central Asia so they can protect their borders against migrants moving in the direction of Europe, primarily from Afghanistan.

During an international conference on terrorism and curbing extremism in Tajikistan, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said it is no longer an exaggeration to declare that the security of Europe begins in Central Asia.

“If the Afghans set out with the goal of migrating, they will for the most part be setting out for Europe. This is one of the reasons why Europe’s cooperation with Central Asia is extremely important, to enable us to avert a predominantly Afghan wave of immigration from the region towards Europe,” the minister said.

According to MTI, the minister called for a much closer level of information cooperation between the EU and the countries of Central Asia, to enable the timely identification of terrorists and terrorist suspects who want to reach Europe illegally.

“In comparison with the past few decades, the security risks in Europe are currently at their highest level, and accordingly new waves of illegal immigration must be prevented from setting out in the direction of the European continent, and from this perspective cooperation with the countries of Central Asia is extremely important,” Minister Szijjártó said.

In relation to this, the minister also mentioned that sentient in Pakistan is increasingly aimed at removing Afghan citizens who are there illegally from the country.

The international conference on terrorism and curbing extremism in Tajikistan was organized by the United Nations, the European Union, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Tajik government.

During his visit to Dushanbe, the foreign minister held talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Foreign Minister Sirodjiddin Aslov, UN Under-Secretary for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov and several foreign ministers from the countries of the region.