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Mar 02, 2020

PM Orbán strengthens Hungarian border

The prime minister convened his security cabinet and reviewed security reports, deciding to continue to pursue all measures that protect the border and the Hungarian people.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has made a call to strengthen the protection of Hungary's borders after speaking to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by phone, who said Turkey could no longer ensure that all migrants would be detained on its territory.

According to Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications and relations, the prime minister convened his security cabinet and reviewed security reports, deciding to continue to pursue all measures that protect the border and the Hungarian people.

PM Orbán spoke with the Turkish president on Friday, and was briefed about the security situation in Turkey with particular regard to the situation in Syria and the large number of refugees there. President Erdoğan told him that the related consequences must be faced by the whole of Europe. The two leaders also discussed preparations for a Visegrád Group-Turkey summit to be held next month.

PM Orbán also expressed his condolences to Erdoğan over the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers by Syrian government troops. “I assure you that Turkey can count on Hungary as a NATO ally and a committed partner,” the prime minister wrote in a letter.