Hungary Summons Swedish Ambassador

  • 31 Aug 2018 8:47 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungary Summons Swedish Ambassador
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó summoned Sweden’s ambassador to Hungary over the Swedish government’s recent critical remarks regarding Hungary’s migration policy.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said on Wednesday that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Matteo Salvini, the Italian interior minister, are working to form an alliance against democrats and the left in Europe.

Sweden’s migration minister Heléne Fritzon criticised Hungary’s migration policy and suggested that Hungary should take a share in the EU’s common migration policy, noting that her country had enthusiastically accommodated Hungarian refugees in 1956.

“The pro-migration Swedish government has launched another attack on Hungary,” Szijjártó said. He insisted that Orbán and Salvini “are fighting against illegal immigration”, adding that “they represent the will of the European people”.

He protested Fritzon’s “putting an equation mark between Hungarian refugees in 1956 and illegal immigrants” and insisted that the Hungarian refugees had “observed [Austria’s] national and international laws and waited for a country to accommodate them”.

Illegal migrants, however, “rush through a series of safe countries, break laws, and jeopardise our security,” he argued.

MTI Photo: Kovács Márton

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