Ahead of the European Union summit in Brussels, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has asked the heads of government of the other three Visegrad Group member states (the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) to send troops to Hungary’s southern border should migration increase again, conservative daily Magyar Nemzet reports.
PM Orbán and his fellow regional prime ministers agreed that there is a real threat that if refugees heading back to Syria cannot be guaranteed safe havens in their home country, a new wave of migration could be headed for Europe again. Consequently, he asked his counterparts to lend assistance should it be needed, as they did in 2015 and 2016 at the peak of the migration crisis.
Bertalan Havasi, press secretary of the Hungarian prime minister, told national news agency MTI that the three other prime ministers agreed to help, including sending border guard units.
Title image: L to R: Prime Ministers of the Visegrád Group Peter Pellegrini (Slovakia), Mateusz Morawiecki Poland), Andrej Babis (Czech Republic) and Viktor Orbán (Hungary) ahead of the European Union summit in Brussels on October 17 (MTI/Benko Vivien Cher)