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Foreign Ministry: Budapest Process Istanbul Round ‘Battle’ Between Szijjártó, Avramopoulos

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.02.20.

The Istanbul round of the Budapest Process interregional forum on migration witnessed a “battle” between Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, “George Soros’s man”, the state secretary for foreign affairs said on Wednesday.

The foreign minister spoke up for the interests of Europeans, while the commissioner “solely promoted the interests of migrants”, without saying a word in his 10 minute speech about the rights and security of Europeans, Tamás Menczer told MTI.

In his address, Szijjártó said that people passing through safe countries to reach Europe could not be considered as refugees, adding that migration was not a basic human right. He also said that the security of Europeans comes first, Menczer said.

Menczer said it was apparent that the EU commissioner, “a pro-migration extremist”, was offended by the foreign minister’s remarks and “threatened” countries that rejected cooperation with Brussels in relocating refugees in Europe.

In his address, the foreign minister said it was extremely important that all decisions on migration must remain at the level of national sovereignty, and these decisions must be respected by other countries, Menczer said. Szijjártó also said Hungary firmly rejected the policy that supports migration as a solution to the problems of population decline and a shortage of labour.

Migration is the wrong response to these problems, Szijjártó said, adding that Hungary, however, respected the decisions of other countries and expected to be treated the same way.

featured image: Dimitris Avramopoulos and Péter Szijjártó via; MTI/Lajos Soós