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May 07, 2019

PM Orbán holds talks with Austria's Vice Chancellor in Budapest

"Prime Minister Viktor Orbán deserves thanks for the responsible manner in which the country defended the European borders at the peak of the migration crisis," Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán deserves thanks for the responsible manner in which the country defended the European borders at the peak of the migration crisis, Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said after meeting PM Orbán in Budapest.

Strache said that by defending its southern borders, Hungary is also protecting Austria. In the summer of 2015 Hungary erected a 175 kilometres temporary fence along its southern border with Serbia and Croatia in an effort to halt the wave of illegal immigration.

PM Orbán described the European left-wing as “hopelessly pro-migration” and said if the center-right parties were to work together with the left wing then sooner or later they would be forced to make a compromise.

“Instead of a European grand coalition we intend to keep on the agenda the possibility of opening to the right,” the prime minister said.

The prime minister said there was general agreement at the meeting that Christian culture must be given priority, because respect for women, the freedom of speech and religion, and the equality of voting rights can only be maintained in a Christian cultural environment.

PM Orbán also said they were in agreement that Hungarian-Austrian bilateral relations were orderly and successful. He added that he expected further cooperation between Hungary and Austria, describing them as two countries with successful economies.

The prime minister also said that due to Manfred Weber’s insulting comments towards Hungarians, the Budapest government cannot support his bid for the presidency of the European Commission.