The Hungarians still in Afghanistan, among them soldiers, must be safely evacuated from the country, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on public radio on Sunday.
Orbán acknowledged the soldiers participating in the evacuation mission and the risks they face.
He said on Kossuth Radio that Afghans whose lives are in danger because they have cooperated with Hungary over the past 15-20 years would also be evacuated.
“Evacuating them is the proper and fair thing to do,” he added.
The first Hungarian aircraft participating in an evacuation mission from Afghanistan was expected to land in Budapest around midnight, a foreign ministry state secretary said on Sunday, but no information has ben revealed since then.
Orbán augured a wave of migration and said it is in Hungary’s interest to keep people who want to leave Afghanistan in the region. He added that cooperation with the government of Turkey on the matter would be “key”, while Hungary must also foster strong ties with countries along the Balkan migration route.
“Let’s send assistance there, not bring trouble here,” he added.
Orbán said the trouble in Afghanistan started with the “export of democracy” after “pockets of terrorism” in the country were eliminated.
He said the Americans thought it would be nice if the whole world functioned as their own society does, adding that they also tried to “fix” Hungary, thinking they can better manage issues of migration and gender.
Orbán said Hungary must “fight three big battles” in Brussels, involving “gender madness”, the issue of migration and the matter of who will pay the cost of environmental damage.
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