The spiritual leader of Bosnia's Muslims protested on Wednesday against what he called the Hungarian premier's "arbitrary and damaging" remarks about Islam and Europe in the migrant crisis, saying they were uttered out of ignorance.

As hundreds of thousands of mainly Muslim migrants and refugees poured into the European Union including Hungary this year, right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban called them a threat to Europe's prosperity, security and "Christian values".

Hungary has since sealed its southern borders with a steel fence to keep out migrants trekking north through the Balkans from Greece, and issued new laws rights groups say deny refugees their right to seek protection from war and persecution.

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