Hungarian, Romanian FMs embark in new row. Hungary summons Romanian ambassador in Budapest

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The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Romanian ambassador in Budapest for consultations on Monday following latest statements made by Romanian FM Bogdan Aurescu regarding the fence Hungary plans to build on the border with Romania.

Hungarian FM Peter Szijjarto said he ‘would expect more modesty on behalf of a foreign minister whose premier is facing a trial,” hinting at PM Victor Ponta who has been indicted for corruption deeds several days ago.

“We are an 1,000-year-old state, which had to defend not only itself but also Europe many times throughout history. So it will also be the case now, either Romanian Foreign minister likes it or not,” Szijjarto argued.

After talks with visiting Dutch counterpart Bert Koenders on Saturday, the head of the Romanian diplomacy said that lasting solutions should be found to the issue of migration, while reiterating that raising fences separating Europe is “rather an autistic and unacceptable act”.

“Regarding the migration, I reiterated the need of a strategic vision of the European Union that should tackle all the dimensions of this matter, the more so since we try to find lasting solutions for the management of the migration problem at its very source, in the states of origin, because we need to treat the causes of this phenomenon, not only the symptoms we see in Europe today. I told the minister that, in my opinion, raising fences that should delimitate ‘civilised Europe’ from the rest of Europe is rather an autistic and unacceptable act, having nothing to do with the European spirit. On the other hand, Romania is the EU and NATO external border and we have all capacity to defend the community of values we are part of”, Aurescu said.

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