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Oct 25, 2019

PM Orbán: It is in Hungary’s interest that Turkey releases migrants towards Syria rather than Europe

The Prime Minister said that if Turkey “opens the gates to Europe”, hundreds of thousands of migrants will flood into Greece, the Balkans and eventually all the way to the Croatian or Hungarian border.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said it is in Hungary’s interest that Turkey releases migrants towards Syria rather than Europe.

During his regular slot on Kossuth Radio on Friday morning, the Prime Minister said Turkey hosts some three million migrants, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to “let them out” if Europe fails to take over some of the financial burden.

PM Orbán added that migrants can break out either towards Europe or Syria, their homeland, but before they can return home the region needs to be stabilized. He added that Turkey had recently set up a safe zone in northern Syria.

The Prime Minister said that if Turkey “opens the gates to Europe”, hundreds of thousands of migrants will flood into Greece, the Balkans and eventually all the way to the Croatian or Hungarian border.

“It is in Hungary’s basic interest that this does not happen,” PM Orbán said. “One Röszke was enough,” he added, referring to a clash between border guards and migrants camped on the Serbian side of the Röszke border crossing in 2015.

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