Foreign Affairs

Orbán to Visit Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Vienna On January 30

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is scheduled to meet Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s new federal chancellor, on January 30.  Preparations for his talks in Vienna are under way.

In November Orbán was among the first to congratulate Kurz after his electoral victory, saying at the time

I trust that (…) we will be able to strengthen cooperation between our countries as close allies along the lines of Christian-conservative values you have consistently represented.

Analysts also suggested that under Kurz relations with Hungary might improve.

Viktor Orbán then announced on Jan. 3 that he wished to meet Austrian leaders before the end of the month, and suggested that the four Visegrad countries should build “intensive” ties with Austria.

According to press reports, PM Orbán will also meet Heinz-Christian Strache, head of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) who is the coalition partner of Mr. Kurz’s ÖVP and other Austrian officials.

Sebastian Kurz, leader of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), became Chancellor of Austria after his center-right group secured around 31 percent of the vote. He has supported the tightening of Austria’s borders and toughening up on immigration.

via hungarymatters.hu image: via kormany.hu