Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó rebuked comments made by Luxembourgian Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and European Parliament President Martin Schultz about Hungary as both inappropriate and further constributing to the worsening of the European crisis.

On Wednesday, September 14, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó issued a statement to Hungarian news agency MTI in reaction to the inflammatory statements made by Luxembourgian Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn in Tuesday’s issue of German daily "Die Welt" calling for Hungary to be excluded from the European Union. Later the same day "Die Welt" also published an interview with European Parliament President Martin Schultz entitled “Some countries just want to take, but do not want to give anything” and online under the title “I do not understand what Mr. Orbán is thinking”.

In a statement, the Foreign Minister responded with the declaration that “Despite his denials, Jean Asselborn has launched a vile attack on Hungary”.

“The people of Hungary must face the astounding fact that the country is now also under attack from within the European Union because of protecting against the dangers of illegal immigration,” Szijjártó added.

According to Szijjártó “Jean Asselborn and Martin Schulz do not care about the Hungarian people and in fact they do not care about the rule of law or democracy either;” all they care about is that as many illegal migrants as possible arrive in Europe.

"They are condemning as being 'anti-revolutionary' and 'foreign to European values' a country that launched a national revolution against its oppressors and gave its blood for its freedom”, the Foreign Minister highlighted, adding that they claim that “everyone can say whatever they want, but if someone does not say what they are saying then they exclude and stigmatize them.”

“This is unacceptable; this isn’t European behavior,” Szijjártó declared, stressing that “The Hungarian Government will do everything possible to ensure that Europe does not continue in this direction”.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)