Amid challenges linked to the war in Ukraine, “continued security challenges in the neighbourhood of the European Union must not be neglected”, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Brussels on Tuesday on the sidelines of an international donor conference in support of Syria.
Speaking to Hungarian journalists, Szijjártó called for efforts to prevent the EU from having to face multiple security challenges should it fail to handle problems in the Middle East or north Africa.
Europe must do everything possible to avoid further waves of mass migration, he said, arguing that the EU should “not promote migration” but help create conditions locally whereby residents are not forced to leave their homelands.
At the conference, Hungary offered a total 1,085 one-year university scholarships to students from Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq worth a combined 3.3 billion forints (EUR 8.7m), the minister said.
Featured photo via Péter Szijjártó’s Facebook page