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SZIJJÁRTÓ: HUNGARY, POLAND COOPERATE IN HANDLING MIGRATION

 

Hungary and Poland are closely cooperating in preventing some western European states from imposing on the European Union the “flawed and dangerous” migration policy whose consequences have been felt since 2015, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign minister, said after talks with his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau in Karpacz, Poland.
The situation in Afghanistan, he said, keeps deteriorating, with reports on a forthcoming civil war emerging but half of the population of that country had lived on welfare even before the Islamist Taliban rebels came to power.
“The western European statements that can be interpreted as invitations to all Afghans are particularly irresponsible,” Szijjártó said.
Europe is exposed to migratory pressures not only from Africa and the Middle East, but even from the east, through Belarus, he said, adding that another wave from Afghanistan would entail “incalculable consequences”, he said.
Hungary and Poland’s migration policies “are based on common sense”, Szijjártó said, recalling that Hungary had built a fence along its southern border in 2015, and Poland is doing the same along its eastern border.
The two governments are not only talking about the need to help where needs arise, the minister said, citing a Hungarian-Polish project to grant 1 million euros’ worth of aid to Jordanian hospitals caring for Syrian refugees.
Szijjártó qualified Western Europe’s current migration policy as a “huge threat” to European security and identity, adding that a massive wave of refugees would increase the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.