PM Orbán in State of the Nation address: The last decade has been the most successful in Hungary’s last 100 years
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Minister Szijjártó said the new office will be tasked with coordinating the fight against terrorism in the region. He noted that Hungary already hosts the regional headquarters of several specialized UN organizations.
Last week, at his joint press conference with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, Prime Minister Orbán spoke about Hungary’s goals on the clean energy front, repeating the commitment that we will have 90 percent of our domestic energy supply carbon-neutral by 2030, and we’re on track to get there through both nuclear and renewable energy sources.
Addressing the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, President János Áder outlined Hungary’s achievements and future goals concerning climate policy and briefed world leaders on the country’s Virtual Power Plant scheme.
On Friday, The Guardian published an article claiming that the Hungarian government is withholding food from asylum seekers and moreover making it almost impossible to satisfy the requirements for getting shelter in the transit zone since “anyone who had arrived in Hungary from a safe country was automatically ineligible. Most people arrive from Serbia, which is considered safe."
An official European Commission document concludes that Brussels should adopt the text of the UN Global Compact for Migration. Once it does, EU member states would be obliged to comply. Never mind that nine out of the EU-28 oppose the GCM.
"The fact that 40 states did not vote on the migration pact is a clear indication that the attempts to make the document one of international reference lack credibility and are unacceptable," the foreign minister said
Péter Szijjártó, Minister Of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the UN compact would cause even greater problems than the EU quotas because the latter only applied to Europe but the former would create disorder around the world
Minister Szijjártó reiterated Hungary’s standpoint that adopting the comprehensive migration pact currently under discussion in the UN would be “the worst possible step” when it comes to tackling the challenge of migration
PM Orbán said the United Nations is an asset, “but we mustn’t allow it to formulate principles that go against Hungary’s interests… And the package currently being prepared does go against Hungarian interests"
An “alliance of common sense” is in the making, said Prime Minister Orbán, countries that ask where it would lead if we accept the right to migration as a fundamental human right and allow the UN to oversee international migration. Hungary will not participate in anything that runs counter to its security interests.
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the government has instructed him to review the first draft of the package, to be published on February 5th, and start the procedure to quit the talks if the document is “as pro-migration” as the 2016 declaration
"Our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone," the US ambassador to the UN said. "We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country"