Later on Tuesday, Novák visited Beregsurány where she talked to the employees of charity organisations, civilians helping on site and refugees.
The aid work at the border is extremely well organised and a testament to “exemplary” cooperation between local leaders, charity organisations and government offices as well as well-meaning private citizens, she said.
“I am here to thank you and to lend some strength, because locals have been in the fray for weeks now,” she said. Refugees are very grateful to Hungarians, she added.
“It is clear that Hungarians want peace,” and the government is working to ensure Hungary’s security, she said.
Novák afterwards visited Fehérgyarmat and Tiszabecs.
Speaking to public media, the politician said she saw a strong cooperation of humanitarian and aid organisations and locals in all three towns she visited. “Locals, if need be, prepare food, help packing donations and also help with translation,” Novák said. She also commended local mayors, notaries and government office heads and clerks for their work.
Novák, who was in charge as a former minister of family affairs, said she also meet many refugee families.
“These families were in a very difficult situation when forced to leave their homes which got destroyed by bombs. They had no more than 20 minutes to pack up their entire lives. This war has torn families apart forcing fathers and sons to stay in Ukraine and forced at the same time women to set on a long journey with their children,” Novák said.
“It was good to see that Hungarians have joined together to help in this difficult situation,” the president-elect said.