Main Budapest arteries closed for Cameron visit


(Photo: Prime Minister’s Press Office/Gergely Botár

A portion of the main roads around Budapest will be closed today during British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, news portal reported yesterday afternoon. The two leaders are expected to discuss their mutual opposition to European Union refugee quotas.

Viktor Orbán and David Cameron meet in Brussels on December 18, 2015. (Photo: Prime Minister’s Press Office/Gergely Botár)    

It will be forbidden to stop on the following routes until 4 p.m. today: M3 highway at Szilas rest stop, on Szőnyi ut and on Mexikói út adjacent to the bridge; at Széchenyi Baths, Heroes’ Square and along Andrássy út; as well as along Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út, Alkotmány utca and Széchenyi tér.

Temporary closures can also be expected on the portion of the M3 highway leading into the city, and also on the Kós Károly promenade, Andrássy út, Alkotmány utca, the Buda Castle Tunnel and Dísz tér in the Castle District.

Kossuth tér will also be closed from noon until 4 p.m. today.

For more information on road closures, available in Hungarian only, visit this link.

Cameron and Orbán are to hold talks in Parliament in the afternoon followed by a press conference. Cameron is also scheduled to meet briefly with Hungaryʼs President János Áder at the Sándor Palace. Hungary’s secret service and counter-terrorism unit (TEK) has prepared for the visit with the help of the Hungarian Police and British partner forces to ensure the safety of Cameron and his delegation, reported.

According to an article published on news portal Bors Online, the visit will require additional security measures in light of potential threats from the Islamic State. These measures will include armored cars, helicopters and the presence of snipers.

The British prime minister is said to be looking for allies among the Visegrad Four countries in his conflicts with Brussels over issues such as migration.

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