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The Hungarian and Austrian governments have taken similar measures to halt the novel coronavirus epidemic, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said after talks with Austrian political leaders in Vienna. “It is a shared view that the tasks are the same: to protect the health of the people and ensure the operation of the country,” Gergely Gulyás told MTI, assessing his one-day visit to the Austrian capital. Gulyás held talks with EU Affairs Minister Karoline Edtstadler, Integration Minister Susanne Raab and Karlheinz Kopf, second president of the National Council, as well as the secretary general of the governing ÖVP party and the leader of opposition FPÖ. “We hope that our efforts will be successful and life can soon return to normal,” he said.
Gulyás said relations between the Hungarian and Austrian governments are sound, the two countries are partners and allies, adding that Hungary has friendly relations with both the ÖVP and the FPÖ. He said both governments are aware of the new dangers posed by migration, which has once again become a focus of European politics since the latest developments in the refugee camp in Moria on the island of Lesbos. They are also committed to implementing the accord reached at the EU summit in July, Gulyás said.