BULGARIA and HUNGARY will take part this week in the first of two summit meetings between the EU and the United States aimed at trying to solve the refugee crisis, the EU’s top diplomat said on Friday.
Bulgaria and Hungary will hold the first meeting on Wednesday, the bloc’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told a news conference.
Hungary has been trying to forge closer ties with the bloc after the European Union imposed a visa ban on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, prompting an EU-wide ban on all new visas for Hungarians.
Mogherini said it was important to strengthen cooperation with other EU members who also have concerns about the refugee problem, and said it would be up to Hungary to decide whether to join the bloc or not.
“The two countries have an opportunity to cooperate, to work together,” Mogherinisaid.
“This is something that Hungary is ready to do.”
Hungary’s government has sought to stem a wave of migration from the Balkans into Europe by introducing a new visa-free regime for asylum seekers.