Orbán spoke by phone with the Turkish president on Friday, and was briefed about the security situation in Turkey with particular regard to the situation in Syria and the large number of refugees there. Erdoğan told him that the related consequences must be faced by the whole of Europe. The two leaders also discussed preparations for a Visegrád Group-Turkey summit to be held next month.
Meanwhile, Orbán expressed his condolences to Erdoğan over the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers by Syrian government troops. “I assure you that Turkey can count on Hungary as a NATO ally and a committed partner,” the prime minister wrote in a letter.