Hungary protests EP ‘siding with terrorist’, says foreign minister
The Hungarian government will appeal to international organisations against a recent resolution by the European Parliament, in which the EP “took sides with a terrorist rather than Hungary and its police attacked”, Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian foreign minister, told a press conference on Monday.
Szijjártó said the EP was “finding excuses” for a person convicted for terrorism, and called it “unacceptable, intolerable”.
The minister said that the man in question, referred to as Ahmed H, had led a group of migrants at Röszke border station and “launched an attack against Hungarian police throwing stones, concrete slabs and bottles for hours”.
“The EP resolution says that the man just wanted to calm the others down,” Szijjártó said, adding that the document “refers as ‘objects’ to the stones he had thrown at the police”.
The government will send its appeal to the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and NATO, he said.
Concerning EU-US relations, Szijjártó said that close cooperation with the US will continue to be “crucial” both in terms of fighting terrorism and of the economy. “It is no use crying” over the US opting for a more patriotic economic policy, Europe must “boost itself at last”, he insisted.