Orban’s office says he, Grabar-Kitarovic agreed Croatian train’s return


Hungary has returned the unannounced Croatian train with migrants at the request of Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the Hungarian government said on Thursday, refuting Croatian police claims that the train’s return had been agreed by the two countries’ police chiefs.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s office said in a statement that he and Grabar-Kitarovic discussed the train, which Hungary detained on September 18, in Budapest yesterday.

At the request of the Croatian president, the Hungarian government decided to allow the train’s return to Croatia after the necessary rail safety checks, the statement said, adding that 1,059 migrants and 36 Croatian police had been on the train when it arrived in Hungary unannounced.

The train’s return has no effect on the criminal proceedings under way, the statement added.

The train returned to Croatia earlier today. Grabar-Kitarovic said in Hungary yesterday, after talks with Orban, that she had agreed the train’s return with Hungarian authorities, but the Croatian Police Directorate said later in the day that the two countries’ police chiefs had agreed on October 1 that the train would would be returned on October 8.