The Hungarian and Bulgarian governments have “outstandingly supported families rather than migration”, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after talks with Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Mariyana Nikolova in Budapest on Friday. The two countries are in full agreement concerning crucial issues and challenges for the future, Szijjártó said after the talks. He said that migration had been in the focus of talks, with regard to Bulgaria being on a migrant route. Hungary and Bulgaria share the position that the external borders of the EU must be protected and that migration is a security issue, he said. He warned that the pressure of migration was on the increase, with some 224,000 illegal migrants arriving in Turkey in the first eight months of the year.
“We are talking about two countries that support their families, operating powerful family assistance systems… We think that families should be promoted rather than migration,” Szijjártó said.
On another subject, Szijjártó said that Hungary and Bulgaria share the goal of diversifying their energy supplies and urge early completion of a southern supply route connecting Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. Concerning migration, Nikolova said that Europe must protect its residents through protecting the external borders and withstand the pressure of migration. Nikolova added that her country was preparing to celebrate the centenary of establishing diplomatic ties with Hungary.