Video: PM Orbán Says Turkey 'Strategic Partner', Amid Protests In Hungary During Visit Of Turkish President

  • 8 Nov 2019 10:16 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Video: PM Orbán Says Turkey 'Strategic Partner', Amid Protests In Hungary During Visit Of Turkish President
Turkey is Hungary's strategic partner when it comes to security and the issue of migration, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Budapest.



Hungary’s foreign policy thinking starts from the premise that migrants heading for Europe cannot be halted without Turkey’s involvement, Orbán told a joint press conference in Várkert Bazár.

Orbán said Hungary appreciated Turkey’s actions to stop 350,000 illegal migrants from travelling to the European Union this year, he said. “Had [Turkey] not done so, all these people would be amassed along Hungary’s southern border,” Orbán said, adding that Hungary was capable of protecting its borders and it was certain that no illegal migrants could cross Hungary’s borders.

The PM pledged to take part in reconstruction programmes in Turkey’s neighbourhood and in the safe zone commensurate with Hungary’s “weight”.

He said Hungary fell within a geographical area defined by Istanbul, Moscow and Berlin.

Orbán noted that President Vladimir Putin and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited Budapest recently. “This is just the foreign policy we want to pursue … and we’re working closely with the countries that are determiners for Hungary.”

MTI Photo: Szigetváry Zsolt

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