Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has sent a letter to thank German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for congratulating him on winning the April 3 general election and called for further developing Hungarian-German ties, Orbán’s press chief said on Thursday.
“Europe today is facing challenges that make cooperation between [EU] member states on the basis of mutual respect more important than ever,” Bertalan Havasi quoted Orbán as saying in the letter.
The prime minister assured the German chancellor that he was ready to work with him, saying that he regards the development of relations between Hungary and Germany strategically important,
According to a statement posted on the German federal government’s website earlier, Scholz congratulated Orbán on his repeated success in the Hungarian parliamentary election and wished him good luck in performing future tasks.
Fully 5,707 people crossed into Hungary directly from Ukraine on Wednesday, while another 6,523 from Ukraine crossed from Romania, the national police headquarters said.
Police issued temporary residence permits valid for thirty days to 779 people, the police website said on Thursday. Holders of such permits must contact a local immigration office near their place of residence within thirty days to apply for permanent documents, it said. Budapest police received 558 refugees, 194 children among them, by train, according to the municipal police website.