The foreign minister has telephoned Italy’s interior minister to extend Hungary’s appreciation for the Italian government’s commitment to restoring the security of Europe.
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, spoke with Matteo Salvini on Monday evening and underlined the importance of protecting Europe and its people.
“With its latest decision the Italian government has clearly proven that Europe’s borders, including its maritime borders, can indeed be protected and that the operations of people smugglers can be prevented,” the minister pointed out.
He added that measures introduced by the Italian government “highlight even more clearly the ineffectiveness of Brussels’ immigration policy, which over the past three and a half years has been incapable of establishing the capacities necessary to ensure the protection of European borders, and which has continuously attacked those who spoke openly about the security risks associated with migration”.
The comments come amid mounting international resistance to the escalating illegal immigration problem.
On Saturday, a French NGO’s rescue ship picked up hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean and set out towards Italy with 629 asylum-seekers on board, but the Italian interior minister would not allow the ship to dock in port. Malta also declined the ship.