Hungary Journal

Kickl pays first foreign visit to Hungary

The interior ministers of Austria and Hungary voiced agreement on fundamental issues concerning migration and security at a press conference after talks in Budapest on Friday.

Making his first foreign visit after his recent appointment, Herbert Kickl underlined the two countries’ common culture, history and values, and said both shared an interest in stability, security and protecting the external borders in central and south-eastern Europe.

Any weak points along the external borders must be addressed, he said, adding that Hungary was “working very well in many areas on this issue”.

A paradigm shift at European level is needed to prevent problems rather than fixing them, he said, adding that a policy of returning migrants was needed. Migrants should be placed near the crisis zones they want to leave rather than in Europe, Kickl added.

Solidarity, he said, does not mean installing migrants, based on quotas, in the EU member states against the will of the population. Instead, the European Union’s external borders need to be protected, he said.

Sandor Pinter said that in the spirit of strategic thinking, they were preparing bilateral agreements and detailed draft laws with a view to serving the interests of Hungary and Austria as well as those of the EU. He added the two countries were in total agreement on border protection issues.

Pinter said he had invited his Austrian counterpart on behalf of the Visegrad Group to a meeting of the V4 in Budapest. Pinter will serve as chairman of the V4 group of interior ministers in the second half of the year.

Source and photo: MTI