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Szijjarto: Hungary strongly rejects new EU migration pact

Hungary rejects in the strongest possible terms the political agreement reached on the EU's new pact on migration and asylum, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday.
21. December 2023 6:49

Answering a question at a joint press conference with his Slovak counterpart in Budapest, Szijjarto said he was strongly opposed to the agreement reached by negotiators of the European Parliament and the European Union, according to a ministry statement.

Asked about the “crisis regulation” component of the migration pact, Szijjarto said “no one can force Hungary to let anybody in”.

“We reject this migration pact, we will not let anybody in against our will,” he said, adding that “we cannot be told either from Brussels or anywhere else whom we should allow in and we reject in the most resolute terms to be punished for that”.

“This is Hungary, a Hungarian country, and in this country the Hungarian people have empowered us, not the Brussels elite, to govern,” the foreign minister said.

The new migration pact will have to be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the European Council.

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