May 2nd, 2019
Hungary and Italy have identical views on protecting Europe's borders and on how to prevent "masses of people, terrorists and other unwelcome persons" from entering the European Union, Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter said on Thursday after talks with Matteo Salvini, his Italian counterpart. At a joint press conference after the meeting, Pinter thanked Italy for its efforts to "keep uninvited guests outside the EU's borders." He praised Italy's "results" in accomplishing that feat on sea, saying that the country's efforts benefitted all EU countries, including Hungary. Salvini said that they had paid "an interesting visit" to the border crossing between Hungary and Serbia at Roszke, where Hungary operates a transit zone for migrants seeking asylum. The Hungarian government has "quickly and effectively" taken control of some 600km of the border, thus putting an end to people smuggling and trafficking, Salvini said.