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‘Austria, Germany ready to receive Hungary refugees’

Austria Chancellor Faymann said that he had informed Hungary’s Prime Minister of the decision “in consultation” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Werner Faymann

Austria and Germany have agreed to receive thousands of refugees due to arrive at the Hungarian border in the coming hours, Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann said on Saturday.

Faymann told Austria’s APA agency that he had informed Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban of the decision “in consultation” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He said it was motivated by “the current emergency at the Hungarian border”.

Late Friday Hungary said it was laying on buses to ferry desperate refugees who had set off on foot for the Austrian border after being stranded for days in Budapest’s main railway station.

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