Hungary asks Iran for help in stopping Afghan migration to Europe

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Iranian officials today discussed migration to Europe, trade and more with a Hungarian delegation.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian provided his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto and an accompanying trade delegation in Tehran. Szijjarto said the movement of Afghan refugees to Hungary would create “security and epidemiological threats”. He said Iran could “play an important role” in stopping the wave of migrants, the Islamic Republic’s official news agency reported.

Hungary and other European countries are concerned about the recent surge in migrants from the Middle East, Afghanistan and other countries trying to enter the European Union. Many Afghans are trying to flee the country because of the Taliban’s recent takeover of power following the US military withdrawal.

Iran provided around 780,000 Afghan refugees in October 2020 according to the United Nations. That number does not include the many thousands who traveled this year in response to the Taliban’s victory. Iran also sent back tens of thousands of Afghan refugees this year.

Both sides too signed cooperation agreements to education, science and culture. The Hungarian delegation also brought 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Iran for Afghan refugees.

Also the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi met with Szijjarto during the visit and expressed a desire to improve relations with Hungary. According to the agency, the Hungarian diplomat also promised to make the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna a success.

Hungary is a curious European ally of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Long-time Prime Minister Viktor Orban has made numerous controversial statements about Muslims in Europe. In 2018 he called refugees from the Middle East “Muslim invaders. “

Furthermore, Orban said last year that the European Union’s position on Iran’s nuclear program should be more closely aligned with the United States and Israel. Above all, Israel rejects Iran’s alleged pursuit of a nuclear weapon. Orban supports Israel and visited the country last year.


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