Orban first EU leader to congratulate Erdogan

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, has congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in Sunday’s presidential election, Orban’s press chief said.

“Stability in Turkey is good news for the whole of Europe, as our continent faces countless serious challenges that can only be overcome through predictable and effective cooperation with Turkey,”

Orban wrote in his congratulatory letter.

Orban reassured Erdogan that his government would continue to work to further advance bilateral economic, trade, education and cultural ties. He expressed hope that the two countries could soon arrange the Turkish president’s previously postponed visit to Hungary.

A stable Turkey is in the interest of Europe and Hungary since it is key in enforcing the implementation of the EU-Turkish migration deal, the Hungarian foreign minister said late on Sunday. Peter Szijjarto welcomed Erdogan’s re-election, saying it would help maintain stability in Turkey.

Stability in that country is crucial for enforcing the EU-Turkish pact, Szijjarto said. Without it, Hungary would soon be exposed to a new wave of illegal migrants arriving at its southern borders, as there is no other line of defence to prevent their inflow via the western Balkans, he told MTI.

Szijjarto said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was the first European leader to congratulate Erdogan on his re-election by phone.

Source: MTI
Photo: Kormany.hu

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