August 30, 2018 / 11:34 AM / 8 months ago

Hungary summons Swedish ambassador over criticism of its migration policy

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto attends an interview with Reuters in Budapest, Hungary September 12, 2017. Picture taken September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has summoned the Swedish ambassador on Thursday for “critical remarks by Swedish ministers regarding Hungary”, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry cited Sweden’s Minister for Migration Helene Fritzon as criticising Hungary’s immigration policy. It also said Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in a tweet that Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini were forming an alliance against democrats, which the ministry said was a “lie”.

“The pro-immigration Swedish government has launched a new attack against Hungary,” Szijjarto said in the statement.

Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Alison Williams

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