- 14 May 2018 9:48 AM
- Hungary Matters
Orbán held talks with former Slovenian prime minister Janez Jansa and Janez Magyar, a candidate of Jansa’s Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) in that country’s early elections set for June 3.
The prime minister referred to close ties between the peoples of Hungary and Slovenia, saying that his government was ready to promote the economy of Slovenia’s north-eastern region, home to an ethnic Hungarian community.
Orbán said the goal of his visit was to speak for Jansa, a “committed and courageous” politician, who could ensure that Slovenia is led by a “strong, stable, determined and brave government”, which the country needs.
The Hungarian prime minister thanked Slovenian Hungarians for their support for his Fidesz party’s recent election win, helping the country to a “civic, national, and Christian” government.
Jansa thanked the Hungarian government for its support for Slovenia’s Hungarian community and praised Hungary for “setting an example” in protecting the European Union’s external borders.
Later in the day, Orbán attended an SDS campaign rally in Celje, also attended by Manfred Weber, group leader of the European People’s Party. In his address, Orbán said that Slovenia’s prosperity was in Hungary’s interest.
Concerning migration, Orbán said that the 2015 crisis was but a “prelude to what is still to come”. Tens of millions, he said, were posed to leave Africa for Europe, and “will keep coming as long as they receive invitations, as long as they see a small chance of getting to Europe.”
Referring to Slovenia’s future, Orbán said that the country’s crucial decisions “must not be entrusted to small parties coming from nowhere” or politicians “jumping out of the cloaks of Marx or Lenin”. He added that it was “shameful” that “some European leaders now pay tribute to Marx”.
MTI Photo: Koszticsák Szilárd