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Jan 26, 2018

Hungary’s foreign minister slams comments made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres glorifying migration

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that “migration must be stopped rather than supported”

Hungary’s foreign minister has said that the government rejects the recent remarks made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regarding migration.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that “migration must be stopped rather than supported”.

According to MTI, Guterres suggested that the potential in migration could be harnessed to boost the economy, reduce economic disparities and link up societies.

Minister Szijjártó said it was “astonishing” that the UN leader had presented a positive view of migration “without there being a consensus among UN members”.

The minister insisted that “several” UN members held a contrary view. “Hungary objects to the UN Secretary-General’s desire to see governments support migration,” he added.

The minister said Guterres saw a need for “an ambitious plan to accommodate migrants”. Such a scheme exists, he added.

“George Soros’s plan to import hundreds of thousands or millions of migrants to Europe… We do not want to live in a mixed society, we do not want Hungary or Europe to become a migrant melting pot,” he said.

The minister added that the Hungarian government’s standpoint is that immigration “is a bad and dangerous thing”.

He pointed out that over the last two and a half years almost 30 terrorist attacks have taken place in Europe in which innocent people died.