Alpár Kató | Feb 20, 2019 | 1
Orbán cabinet informs Macedonia on Gruevski asylum request
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Nikola Dimitrov, his Macedonian counterpart, have had telephone talks requested by the latter party, the Hungarian foreign ministry told MTI in a statement on Thursday.
The statement quoted Szijjártó as saying that former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski’s recent request for asylum in Hungary “is a legal rather than political matter”.
Hungary’s authorities will “assess the application fully in line with relevant international regulations,” the statement added.
Szijjártó also assured his counterpart of Hungary’s continued support to Macedonia‘s endeavours to join the European Union and NATO, the ministry said.
Gruevski held office between 2006 and 2016.
An arrest warrant was issued earlier this week after he failed to start a two-year prison sentence for corruption.
He announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he was in Budapest and had asked the Hungarian authorities for political asylum.