EU’s security depends on Turkey’s stability

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto has said the security of the European Union depends on Turkey’s stability.

Speaking to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency on the eve of the Turkey-Hungary 5th Joint Economic Commission meeting, Szijjarto said Hungary respects Turkey for housing the refugees.

He said Hungary insists the EU pay the agreed bill for the refugees as part a refugee deal signed in March 2016, which aims to discourage irregular migration through the Aegean Sea by taking stricter measures against human traffickers and improving conditions for nearly 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

The deal included a 6 billion euro ($6.8 billion) aid package to help Turkey care for millions of refugees hosted in the country. However, Turkey has so far received only 677 million euros ($716 million).

As part of measures against refugees, Hungary has reinforced its borders with soldiers and police with the support of the Visegrad Group partners — a cultural and political alliance that also includes the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.

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