Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi categorised the functioning of the Sea Watch 3 civil search and rescue ship along the coast of Southern Italy as political provocation.

Speaking on Hungarian M1 television’s Saturday evening current affairs program, Mr. Bakondi said this isn’t the first time that the ship has taken group after group of migrants to the shores of Italy “with the intent of political provocation” despite the ban imposed by the Italian authorities, their aim being the reopening of the closed stretch of sea.

“Saturday’s case is more serious, however, in view of the fact that the captain attempted to manoeuvre to the shore in an aggressive manner and directly disobeyed the authorities”, the Chief Security Advisor said.

Mr. Bakondi said that the organisations that are operating the ship are testing the resolve of the Italian authorities and would like the pro-immigration forces to take action in their interests.

The Chief Advisor was also asked with relation to Sunday’s emergency EU summit convened to discuss the candidates for the post of president of the European Union’s main institutions, with relation to which Mr. Bakondi said that the Hungarian Government would like the new President of the European Commission to be someone who has a suitable relationship with the countries of Europe, who regards them as partners, and who will take action in the interests of stopping illegal immigration and protecting Christian culture.

“All of the strategies draw up for the upcoming term include the principles that the Visegrád Group (V4) and Hungary support, and accordingly, in the case of a suitable candidate, there is a good chance that these strategies will enable the realisation of the Hungarian position, meaning the security of the European people and the protection of their culture”, the Chief Advisor highlighted.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)