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Jul 28, 2017

Hungary's foreign minister responds to Austrian Chancellor's comments on migrant resettlement quotas

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Europe wants to punish countries that do not want to allow illegal immigrants through their borders

Hungary's foreign minister has reacted to a statement made by Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern who said there is a war underway in Europe against countries that are refusing to accept illegal immigrants.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Europe wants to punish countries that do not want to allow illegal immigrants through their borders.

Kern added that EU funding for Hungary and Poland should be reduced if they contravene EU regulations.

Hungary's foreign minister said a “Soros plan” is underway concerning how to use threats to convince countries to accept migrants.

“With his statement, the Austrian Chancellor has joined those left-wing, liberal politicians who support this plan, and has declared that he wants to take away the funding that is due in accordance with the EU treaties," he said.

Minister Szijjártó stressed that the Austro-Hungarian Empire no longer exists, decisions on Hungary’s future are not made in Vienna, and asked the Austrian Chancellor to ”stop yearning” for the funding that is due to the Hungarians.

In response to the Chancellor's statement on solidarity, Minister Szijjártó said that no other country is showing more solidarity with Austria than Hungary, because by protecting the EU’S external border, Hungary is also protecting Austria.