In the event of an upsurge of migration pressure from Turkey to Europe, the Visegrad Group countries are ready to renew their help to protect Hungary’s southern border, the PM’s media chief said after a V4 meeting ahead of the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the other V4 leaders were in agreement that another migration wave from Turkey was on the cards if a safe zone for repatriated refugees failed to materialise in Syria. Orban asked his counterparts to make arrangements to bolster the Hungarian border guard at the country’s southern border.
Andrej Babis, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, the leaders of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, respectively, pledged to be ready to provide all necessary help to Hungary, including again sending border guards, said Bertalan Havasi.
Foreign ministry to host conference on radicalisation and terrorism
The Hungarian Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with the UN’s Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), will host a conference on radicalisation leading to terrorism on Nov. 7 and 8 in Budapest, the ministry said on Friday.
The conference, dubbed Prevention of radicalisation to terrorism: Regional policy responses and risk mitigation, will focus on strategies preventing terrorist narratives, the security challenges posed by fighters of terrorist organisations returning to their homelands, and on involving youth in the fight against extremism, the ministry said in a statement.
Organisers have invited nearly 130 experts, five permanent members of the UN Security Council, representatives of the European Economic Area, the UN, the EU, Europol, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and NATO, the ministry said.
The event will comprise three sessions, all of them significant in terms of a priority area of Hungarian foreign policy, namely the Western Balkans, from where several important organisations have been invited, the statement said.
The conference is one in a series of events being held ahead of the second United Nations High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, held biannually in June 2020 in New York.
Source and photo: MTI