Justice Minister Judit Varga has called Hungary a “model state” in terms of managing issues around migration.
Her entry on Facebook appeared on Wednesday after Mattias Tesfaye, Denmark’s minister for immigration and integration, termed it as a mistake that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had been criticised for having erected a fence along Hungary’s southern border in 2015.
Varga cited Tesfaye as saying that Denmark advocated strong border defence and that
Europe should not make a choice between granting humanitarian assistance and building walls to protect the continent but it should do both.
“This statement and resilience over the past six years prove that Hungary is a model state as what is desire and hope elsewhere is reality here. Hungary is defending Europe’s borders and providing help where it is mostly needed simultaneously,” she said.
Meanwhile, PM Orbán met Andrej Plenkovic, his Croatian counterpart, to discuss the European political situation, the European Union’s future and Hungarian-Croatian cooperation yesterday. Meeting on the sidelines of the 16th Bled Strategic Forum, Orban and Plenkovic discussed current issues of regional cooperation and the
importance of border control,
Bertalan Havasi, the prime minister’s press chief, said. Central Europe will have to represent its interests in talks on the future of Europe vigorously, Orbán said.
Plenkovic thanked Hungary for the aid provided to earthquake-hit central Croatia earlier this year, he said.