“Security starts at our borders, thus Hungary’s security will start with its border patrollers,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a ceremony inaugurating the border patrol unit in Budapest on Friday.
Orbán told the new patrollers that the country “respects your commitment, your courage, and that you have agreed to do this task and we will appreciate the service you do for your homeland”. “A whole country is behind you,” the prime minister added.
Despite the difficulties, “Hungary must not give up its goal to become Europe’s safest country”, he said, adding that eliminating risks arising from illegal migration was a top priority.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Baruch Lau on Thursday, discussing support granted to the Jewish community, Hungary-Israel relations, and the Russian-Ukraine war, the prime minister’s press chief said. The talks were attended by Orban’s political director Balazs Orban and chief rabbi of the EMIH Jewish Community Slomo Koves, Bertalan Havasi said. Lau expressed thanks to the Hungarian government for its support to strengthen the world’s Jewish communities.
He highlighted the help that Hungary had provided offering refuge and services to Jews fleeing Ukraine. Orban and Lau welcomed the close strategic alliance between Israel and Hungary. In connection with the Russia-Ukraine war, they urged immediate ceasefire and noted the importance of establishing peace, Havasi said.