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Jul 25, 2018

PM Orbán offers help to Montenegro in handling the migrant crisis

The prime minister said Hungary will help protect Montenegro’s borders, as well as protecting Hungary and the whole of the European Union

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has offered help to Montenegro in handling the migrant crisis.

The prime minister said Hungary will help protect Montenegro’s borders, as well as protecting Hungary and the whole of the European Union.

PM Orbán met with his Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Markovic in Podgorica on Tuesday, and said that Hungary has adopted a stance of “identity protection”.

The prime minister said the only successful move in connection with the handling of migration has been to seal the Balkan route, adding that this achievement is associated with Hungary. The Balkan route must remain sealed shut and all countries in the Balkans must be protected, he added.

PM Orbán said Europe is committing a serious mistake by countenancing moves that can be interpreted in Africa and the Middle East as invitations. The EU is sending out ambiguous signals by saying “don’t come” while simultaneously sending an invitation.

He added that people drowning at sea shows that Europe’s policies are politically nonsensical and at the same time inhumane. He said next year’s European parliamentary elections would be a vote on migration.

The prime minister said Hungary-Montenegro relations are good and Montenegro has every chance of joining Europe’s economically most successful political and geographical area, which he said was central Europe.

PM Orbán said the Hungarian government views Montenegro as a central European country and has a real chance to swiftly join the European Union.

“Montenegro could be accepted as an EU member tomorrow morning or the day after tomorrow the latest, if the willingness was there,” PM Orbán said.

He concluded that Hungary will actively participate in generating this willingness, adding that the EU also needs Montenegro.