German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas received his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss trade and immigration policy.

“When we defend the southern border of Hungary, we defend Germany too. Because there are those who have come illegally through the southern border, those who want to go to Germany in the first place,” the Hungarian diplomat said.

He went on to say that “if someone wants to do something against that or to help illegal immigrants get into our country, they must face the consequences.”

Speaking for the German side Heiko Maas said, “I have voiced our concerns and taken note, that there has already been a change in the legislative process, which we welcome,” adding that this subject will “firstly occupy the Hungarian parliament.”

He said that questions remain “about the rule of law in connection with the European Union and the allocation of funds”, as well the issues regarding Poland on which Germany and Hungary have a “different approach.”

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