Trump, Orbán discuss illegal migration in phone call

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán conducted a diplomatic phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, Orbán’s press secretary Bertalan Havasi confirmed yesterday.

Havasi said the discussion touched upon topical foreign policy issues, the fight against illegal immigration and the situation in the Middle East.

Both Havasi and government spokesman Zoltán Kovács mentioned that Trump asked Orbán to convey his admiration to the Hungarian people.

The President asked the PM to pass along a message of his ‘admiration for the successful and great Hungarian people’,” Kovács said in his tweet. Kovács was recently in the U.S. where he did a tour of the country’s southern border.

Orbán met Trump in the White House last May, a meeting that at the time was hailed as a great success for Hungarian diplomacy. Both Trump and Orbán found common ground on border protection and protecting Christians from persecution. Hungary was recently the first EU country to join the US-led International Religious Freedom Alliance.

Title image: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House on May 13, 2019. (MTI/Szilárd Koszticsák)

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