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Hungary Urges Greater EU Support to Egypt after it Curbed Illegal Migration

Hungary Urges Greater EU Support to Egypt after it Curbed Illegal Migration

Wednesday, 24 February, 2021 - 07:00
Egyptian FM Shoukry holds a press conference with his Hungarian counterpart. (Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto criticized on Tuesday the European Commission for setting conditions for Egypt’s access to EU funds, without taking into consideration the country’s internal and international interests.

“Egypt deserves unconditional support from the European Union as it has proven that illegal migration can be halted at sea as well as on land,” Szijjarto said after talks in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukhry.

He said by closing its maritime border six years ago, Egypt has since shown the falsity of the claim of Brussels officials and pro-migration politicians that migration waves cannot be contained along sea routes.

“Egypt is doing a great service for the whole of Europe, especially now that illegal migration involves major health risks. For this reason, it deserves every possible assistance from the European Union,” he said, demanding that the EU offer financial support to Cairo.

For his part, Shoukry said his country has exerted great efforts to stop the illegal migration from the Egypt to Europe.

He praised Hungary’s role in supporting relations between Egypt and the EU, while shedding light on the challenges Cairo is facing and the need for EU political and economic support to help it address them.

Shoukry and Szijjarto also discussed means to boost trade between their countries and develop the railway system in Egypt.

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