Giorgia Meloni (l) and Viktor Orbán – Photo: PMO

PM holds talks with Italian counterpart

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni met in Orbán's office on Thursday to discuss the most important European and international issues, and the excellent bilateral relations between Rome and Budapest, Orbán's press chief said.

Commenting on the Budapest Demographic Summit, they reiterated the importance of pro-family policies, also in light of the demographic challenges facing Europe, Bertalan Havasi said.

The two prime ministers condemned Russian aggression in Ukraine and called for peace. They noted the support granted to Kiev and stressed the importance of maintaining European unity in support for Ukraine.

Commenting on migration, they reiterated that fast and resolute action was needed. Migration is a common challenge for the European Union and requires a collective response, the prime ministers said. In order to prevent people from leaving their homes, it is necessary to focus on the external dimension, such as political and economic support to origin countries and the fight against human smuggling networks, they said.

The prime ministers expressed their commitment to maintaining close cooperation between their respective governments, with special regards to the Hungarian presidency of the EU in the second half of 2024, the statement said.

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