Hungary summons Austrian ambassador over chancellor’s remarks on Orban
Budapest (MTI) – Hungary’s foreign ministry has summoned the Austrian ambassador over remarks made by Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Hungary in an interview published in the German weekly Der Spiegel on Saturday.
The foreign ministry rejects Faymann’s remarks and will see the ambassador on Monday, a statement from the ministry said.
In the interview entitled “Can’t do it without quotas” Faymann said: “Orban is acting irresponsibly when he says everyone is an economic refugee.”
“Sticking refugees in trains and sending them somewhere completely different to where they think they’re going reminds us of the darkest chapter of our continent’s history,” Faymann added.
Faymann’s statements are unworthy of a 21st century European leader, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Saturday. The chancellor has been running a campaign of “malicious and false attacks” on Hungary for weeks, he said, adding that Faymann’s criticism were completely baseless as Hungary kept to every European law and was seeking a joint European solution to the migration crisis.
The ruling Fidesz party called on Faymann “to apologise to Hungary and to the prime minister” and to retract his critical remarks.