Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said in Budapest on Wednesday that Croatia would oppose illegal migration and that “a distinction must be made between those Afghans who helped the European External Action Service and Afghan refugees who are the responsibility of the community. international. “
“One is the question of the people who helped within the European External Action Service and our soldiers in NATO, to whom we have a certain obligation. The other aspect is the refugees who are burdening the entire international community, “said the Croatian minister after meeting with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto.
The foreign ministers of Croatia and Hungary discussed, among others, the crisis in Afghanistan and migration.
“Certainly, first of all, it is in our interest for refugees to be resettled in Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, where they can be provided with their human rights and security,” Grlić Radman said.
“What is certain is that Croatia will oppose illegal migration. “We do not want 2015 to happen again,” said the Croatian minister.
“The refugee issue needs to be defined at a general level because it is the responsibility of the international community,” Grlić Radman added.
The European External Action Service has called on EU members to accept EU staff from Afghanistan, some 500 local people, mostly translators, logistics and their families. Croatia will receive 20 people and Hungary will not receive any so far.
In addition to the Afghan issue, economic relations between the two countries were discussed at the meeting.
“The Covid-19 pandemic did not have a negative effect on our economic relations either, which is evident in the steady trade trend, and tourism has worked very well this year despite various restrictions,” Grlić Radman said.
The Croatian minister is pleased that “Hungary has recognized Croatia as a safe holiday destination as always” and added that in the first seven months of this year, more Hungarian tourists visited Croatia than throughout the previous year. He believes this trend continued in August.
The Croatian minister once again thanked Budapest for its assistance after the earthquake in the Sisak-Moslavina region in late December.
After the meeting with Szijjarto, Grlić Radman will attend the conference of Hungarian ambassadors.