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Orbán discusses energy security, migration with Turkish house speaker

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the issues of energy security and migration with Mustafa Sentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, in Budapest on Thursday, Orbán's press chief told MTI.

The EU sanctions approved in Brussels have not brought an end to the war in Ukraine but triggered an energy crisis which gave relevance to the high-level bilateral meeting, Bertalan Havasi said in a statement. Orbán and Sentop underlined the importance of an immediate ceasefire and peace talks, he said.

They discussed the expansion of natural gas delivery capacity via the east-west transit route. Orbán welcomed that Turkey had become one the major transit countries for natural gas via the TurkStream pipeline.

Orbán and Sentop also discussed joint efforts to combat illegal migration. The Hungarian prime minister said that without stability and security in Turkey, there is no stability and security in Europe.

“Had Turkey not been making efforts to combat migration, the whole of Europe would be hit by an unprecedented wave of migrants,” Orbán said.

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