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Feb 22, 2017

Hungary holds talks with Egypt on fighting terrorism and migrant crisis

Minister Simicskó said there was no security in Europe without stability in Egypt, arguing that instability in that country would trigger the departure of about ten million migrants towards Europe

Hungary's Minister of Defense Istvan Simicskó has held talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Sedki Sobhi Sayyid Ahmed, to discuss the migrant crisis and the fight against terrorism.

According to MTI, discussions also focused on the deepening bilateral military relations and defense industry cooperation between the two nations. They agreed that cooperation was a “common interest” for the two countries.

Minister Simicskó said there was no security in Europe without stability in Egypt, arguing that instability in that country would trigger the departure of about ten million migrants towards Europe.

Egypt plays a crucial role in the Middle East which is why it is important for that country to be committed to fighting against terrorism, he said. Leaders of Egypt are aware of the current problems in the Middle East that include the crisis in Syria, the hardships of Libya and the operation of the Islamic State terrorist organization, all of which have contributed to the wave of illegal migrants hitting Europe, Simicskó said.

The Egyptian defense minister said he deemed the international coalition important in that fight, adding that they would welcome the EU’s support in that effort with which the Hungarian government agrees.