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SZIJJÁRTÓ: EUROPE'S SECURITY BEGINS IN TURKEY

 

Without adherence to the agreement between the European Union and Turkey on migration, Europe would be facing serious migration pressure from the south, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Friday, adding that “Europe’s security today begins in Turkey.” At a joint press conference after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Budapest, Szijjártó said Hungary saw Turkey as a strategic ally and friend. Szijjártó expressed Hungary’s appreciation for the role Turkey has played in guaranteeing Europe’s security. He said it was in large part thanks to Turkey that “the 30-35 million people in Europe’s neighbourhood who are in a position to set off for the continent at any time have not yet done so”. Çavuşoğlu said there were countries criticising Turkey when they should be focusing on more important issues, such as immigration and fighting terrorism.