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Sep 11, 2017

Visegrad Four will remain united throughout the migrant crisis, says foreign minister

“We will continue to reject illegal migration and to fight against mandatory settlement quotas. We will not let them impose on us a failed and dangerous decision regarding the mandatory settlement quota," Hungary's foreign minister said

Hungary's foreign minister has said that the Visegrad Four will remain unified despite attempts to divide the group over the migrant crisis.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the group’s unity was reaffirmed at an informal meeting of foreign ministers in Tallinn over the weekend.

“We will continue to reject illegal migration and to fight against mandatory settlement quotas,” he said. “We will not let them impose on us a failed and dangerous decision regarding the mandatory settlement quota."

The two ministers also signed a bilateral agreement with the aim of further enhancing security cooperation between the two countries.

According to MTI, Minister Szijjártó said there was a “sneaky deception” in connection with the resettlement quota. “They are trying to lay the blame for the complete failure of the relocation scheme on countries that were open about their rejection of it from the very beginning. Countries of the Visegrad Group belong in this latter category,” he said.

During his visit to Tallinn, the foreign minister also held bilateral talks with his Lithuanian counterpart Linas Linkevicius.

The two countries have a firm and close relationship, and cooperate closely in the United Nations. Lithuania supports Hungary’s bid to become a member of the body’s Human Rights Council. In return, Hungary backs Lithuania’s candidacy, the minister said.

Minister Szijjártó also said both countries have an interest in ensuring that Brexit talks lead to a comprehensive and fair agreement between the UK and the EU.