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Dec 05, 2019

PM Orbán: NATO acknowledges that mass migration poses a security risk that must be addressed

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said NATO has acknowledged for the first time that mass migration from the south poses a security risk that it must address.

During the NATO 70th anniversary summit in London, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the alliance has acknowledged for the first time that mass migration from the south poses a security risk that it must address.

According to MTI, PM Orbán noted that it was under his first government that Hungary joined NATO in 1999. Since then, the world has seen the emergence of new challenges, he said, naming mass migration and the security risks that come with it, such as terrorism, as examples.

The prime minister said NATO had already accepted in the past that mass migration was a threat but had never considered it one of the biggest challenges facing the alliance. “This has now changed,” he said.

PM Orbán praised the efforts of Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Hungary’s foreign policy in getting the alliance to acknowledge the challenge posed by migration. He said it was also a “central European achievement”, arguing that “it was we who urged NATO” to turn its attention to the issue of migration and the threat of terrorism linked to it. As a result, the prime minister said NATO will allocate more resources and money towards addressing migration and terrorism.

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