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Hungary will only support an agreement between the EU and Africa that provides an effective mechanism for repatriating migrants and helps Africa retain its population, Péter Szijjártó has said.

After a meeting with EU counterparts, the foreign minister said it was clear that “pro-migration forces are again in full swing”. Referring to discussions at the meeting on the 2000 ACP-EU agreement, Szijjártó said that “it is clear that the African side and several EU members, together with the European Commission, seek to amend that deal with components promoting migration, highlighting its positive effects”. Hungary believes Africa should be supported in a way that allows the continent’s rapidly growing population to prosper in their homelands, so that setting off for Europe is not their only option, he said. Hungary will not support the document if it includes any references to the UN’s global migration and asylum compacts, he said, insisting that those documents were “still stealthily being forced” into international law. Because Hungary believes in providing help at the location where it is needed, the government has contributed 7 billion forints (EUR 20.9m) to job-creation schemes, water management and hygiene services in Africa so far this year, Szijjártó noted.