During an official visit to Cape Verde, Hungary’s foreign minister has said the country is demonstrating a responsible attitude to migration.
Péter Szijjártó accompanied Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on a visit to Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, where he said that in many parts of Europe, especially in Brussels, “a disturbing simplification” is applied to Africa.
The minister said the European Commission often tries to present the continent as a group of countries that have “schemed” to send their citizens to Europe and want to get rid of the burdens of population growth this way. However, this is untrue in many cases, for instance in the case of Cape Verde, which wants to retain its population instead of sending people away.
To combat the migration problem, Cape Verde has introduced serious border control measures and takes cooperation with Europe seriously, so Hungary is calling on the EU to also take seriously the development of links with Cape Verde.
Minister Szijjártó revealed that Hungary is urging the EU to sign bilateral economic partnership agreements with Cape Verde. “We must help countries that demonstrate a serious and responsible attitude towards measures that directly influence the security of Europe,” he added.