PM Fico says Visegrad group are 'not black sheep' in EU

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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 9:03 AM

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Central European member states want a strong Europe and should not be treated as "black sheep" in the European Union, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Friday.

The prime ministers of Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland met in Budapest to discuss issues including migration, common defense and security.

Fico, who urged a deeper integration of Europe, said the four so-called Visegrad states were a pro-Europe grouping.

"I reject any criticism of us just because we have a different opinion ... about the (migration) quotas. We are not black sheep," Fico said through an interpreter.

(Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Kevin Liffey)