Budapest, September 6 (MTI) – Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has once again taken his rage over Austria’s inability to manage the migrant crisis out on Hungary and its prime minister, a senior Hungarian foreign ministry official said late on Saturday.
Levente Magyar, the state secretary for economic diplomacy, responded to excerpts carried by news portal oe24.at from an interview published in full in the paper Osterreich on Sunday.
“[Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor] Orban told me and Merkel that they number no more than 4,000 but I had not believed this since the very beginning. The pictures told more for me,” the chancellor said, referring to the number of refugees.
Faymann also said that one who believes that “the refugee issue can be resolved with a wire fence” and causes a chaos thereby has politically disqualified himself.
Magyar asked Faymann to refrain from making such remarks in the future. In his view, the chancellor portrays himself as a protector of immigrants but behind the scenes exerts pressure on other states, urging them to stem the flow of migrants heading for Austria.
The state secretary said Faymann had discredited himself and his critical remarks addressed to the Hungarian government when he admitted that he failed to do anything with the biggest European crisis of the past decades.
Magyar called the interview the umpteenth Austrian statement which portrays Hungary in a negative light and harms bilateral relations.