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FM Szijjártó: Lack of Stability in Afghanistan Could Trigger Migration

Unless stability is achieved in Afghanistan the risk of terrorism could become serious and further waves of migration could be triggered, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Friday.

Speaking at a conference on the subject of NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and its impact on migration, Szijjártó suggested that that country could become “the primary origin of migratory waves” unless “peace, security, and stability” is ensured.

Szijjártó insisted that the risk of migration was also increased by “Brussels’s pro-migration policies”. “Rather than working to stem migration they are preparing to sign a migration agreement with African and Caribbean countries,” he said, adding that the idea of “sponsored return” was another name for mandatory migrant quotas.

The minister said that some 3 million Afghans had left their country since 2001, making up 10 percent of illegal migrants arriving in Europe.

Szijjártó highlighted Hungary’s participation in NATO’s Afghanistan mission since 2004, saying that “we can be proud of Hungarian troops” who not only sought to build security and stability but contributed to the training of Afghanistan’s military, too. He made a special mention of the 7 Hungarian soldiers who died in operations in Afghanistan in the past 17 years.

Szijjártó said that human and drug smuggling used to be a major source of income in Afghanistan and warned that unless stability in everyday life is ensured the country could again become a hotbed of terrorism.

Szijjártó also noted that last year alone 449 people had been arrested in Europe on suspicion of terrorist activities, while 10 jihadist attacks were committed and another 4 had been thwarted.

Concerning protection against illegal migration, Szijjártó said that Afghanistan and Mali could be the first defence line, as the first efforts to stem migration from the Sub-Saharan region and the East could be made in those countries. The Mediterranean and Turkey are the second line of defence, while the Western Balkans and Hungary’s border fence are two further lines.

Szijjártó warned that Afghanistan would be “left alone” with the international troops being withdrawn, and the impacts could determine the future of Europe.

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