Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó attended an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers from September 1-2 in Bratislava. Speaking to MTI, Szijjártó reaffirmed Hungary's commitment to a stable Turkey without which European security could be jeopardized, inducing another wave of immigration.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó attended an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers on September 1-2 in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Also attending the conference were Turkey as well as delegations from the countries of the Western Balkans region with EU aspirations: Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Albania. After the meeting, FM Szijjártó said a number of EU foreign ministers expressed concerns regarding the retaliatory measures taken by the Erdogan regime in wake of the Turkish coup attempt earlier this summer, but for itself Hungary "fully supports the democratically elected Turkish President and Government.


Szijjártó also emphasized that the Hungarian Government supports the measures taken by the Turkish government which serve to avoid another possible coup because the destabilization of Turkey would jeopardize European security as the possibility to induce another wave of immigration. In this regard, Szijjártó also expressed Hungary's full support for the accession of the Balkan countries to the EU in order to further stabilize the region. “The acceleration of integration is the only way in the Western Balkans to reduce the vulnerability of the region (…) and to fight the threat of terrorism,” he stressed.


(Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)