By closing its maritime border six years ago, Egypt has since shown the falsity of the claim of Brussels officials and pro-migration politicians that migration waves cannot be contained along sea routes, he told a press conference in Cairo after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukhry.
“Egypt is doing a great service for the whole of Europe, especially now that illegal migration involves major health risks. For this reason it deserves every possible assistance from the European Union,” he said.
Szijjártó also criticised the European Commission for setting conditions for Egypt’s access to EU funds. He noted that last year 60 million dollars due to Egypt “had got stuck” because of political disputes.
Szijjártó said that the two countries had always based their cooperation on mutual trust and refrained from interfering with one another’s internal affairs. In response to a question, the minister, noting the “sensitive issue” of gas supplies in central Europe, said: “This is why we have launched talks with Egypt on the purchase of liquefied natural gas.”