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At the meeting of the president of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor with the President of Hungary János Áder and the Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament László Kövér, the European migration crisis, the issue of Ukraine and the need for embassies in the two countries were discussed.

Eiki Nestor assured the President of Hungary and the Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament that the problems of the countries that have fallen under heavy migration pressure are understandable to us, and added that Estonia is ready to help those countries. Some years ago a couple of thousands of refugees arrived in Hungary, last year there were about 40,000 of them, and this year already more than 320,000 refugees have reached Hungary.

The President of the Riigikogu also said at the meeting that the international community has to continue keeping an eye on the war going on in Ukraine because it influences the security in the whole Europe. Both sides stressed the increase of the importance of NATO and collective defence in the new security situation. The President of the Riigikogu thanked Hungary for contributing to Baltic Air Policing.

“The situation in Europe is much more serious that we would like it to be,” Nestor said. “It is important to understand each other’s problems and help one another.”

Nestor also discussed the re-opening of the embassies of the two countries in Tallinn and Budapest with the President of Hungary and the Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament.

During the two-day visit that started yesterday, Nestor also met with the members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on European Affairs of the Hungarian Parliament and visited the Budapest office of the Estonian Institute.

On the visit to Hungary, the President of the Riigikogu was accompanied by the Members of the Riigikogu Mailis Reps and Kalle Laanet.

Riigikogu Press Service
Urmas Seaver
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