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European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans must take responsibility for the influx of more than 1.5 million illegal migrants into Europe over the past years, the foreign minister said. Timmermans, a Socialist politician, is “personally responsible for the EC’s appallingly poor performance” over the past five years, Péter Szijjártó told public Kossuth radio. The EC vice-president is also responsible for the continued decline of Europe’s competitiveness and the deteriorating security situation on the continent, he said. In connection with the upcoming European parliamentary elections, Szijjártó said all top candidates of the various European party groups were unfit to lead an EU institution.
In a separate interview, Szijjártó told public news channel M1 that the meeting of US President Donald Trump and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on May 13 would serve as an excellent opportunity for the two leaders to coordinate their positions in major international organisations on migration.
The United States and Hungary are among the six countries that rejected the United Nations’ Global Compact on migration, the minister said.
In connection with his talks with Ernesto Araújo, his Brazilian counterpart, in Budapest on the previous day, Szijjártó said Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has accepted Viktor Orbán’s invitation to visit Hungary.