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Europe is in need of allies who can expand the continent's lines of defence, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara.

Without them, Europe would crumble, Orbán told a joint press conference after a meeting of the Hungarian-Turkish high-level strategic cooperation council, adding that Turkey was one of the countries contributing to Europe’s defence. Hungary is asking Brussels to provide more direct financial support to Turkey in its fight against migration, he said, noting that Europe was facing migration waves from the directions of the Mediterranean, the Western Balkans and Belarus. The prime minister called on the European Union to support the construction of Turkey’s border walls on the country’s southern and eastern borders and help stabilise northern Syria.