Hungary’s prime minister says authorities will evaluate and give an opinion on the extradition request made by Macedonia for its fugitive former prime minister who has been given asylum in Hungary.

In this picture taken May 12, 2011, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, left, talks to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, during a welcome ceremony in Skopje, Macedonia. Macedonia's fugitive former prime minister Gruevski said Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 he has been granted political asylum in Hungary, a week after he fled his country to avoid serving a two-year jail sentence for a corruption conviction. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
In this picture taken May 12, 2011, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, left, talks to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, during a welcome ceremony in Skopje, Macedonia. Macedonia’s fugitive former prime minister Gruevski said Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 he has been granted political asylum in Hungary, a week after he fled his country to avoid serving a two-year jail sentence for a corruption conviction. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Viktor Orban said Friday on state radio that Nikola Gruevski, who fled Macedonia last week to avoid serving a two-year prison term for corruption, is an ally of Hungary who deserves fair treatment.

In this picture taken April 2, 2018, former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, left, arrives at the criminal court in Skopje, Macedonia. Macedonia's fugitive former prime minister Gruevski said Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 he has been granted political asylum in Hungary, a week after he fled his country to avoid serving a two-year jail sentence for a corruption conviction. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
In this picture taken April 2, 2018, former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, left, arrives at the criminal court in Skopje, Macedonia. Macedonia’s fugitive former prime minister Gruevski said Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 he has been granted political asylum in Hungary, a week after he fled his country to avoid serving a two-year jail sentence for a corruption conviction. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Orban, who had anti-migrant border fences built in 2015, said that without similar policies from Gruevski, who was prime minister between 2006 and 2016, “it would have been much more difficult, if at all possible, to protect the Hungarian border.”

In this photo taken Nov. 28, 2017, former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, center, attends a protest in front of the criminal court in Skopje, Macedonia. Macedonia's fugitive former prime minister Gruevski said Tuesday Nov. 20, 2018, he has been granted political asylum in Hungary, a week after he fled his country to avoid serving a two-year jail sentence for a corruption conviction. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
In this photo taken Nov. 28, 2017, former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, center, attends a protest in front of the criminal court in Skopje, Macedonia. Macedonia’s fugitive former prime minister Gruevski said Tuesday Nov. 20, 2018, he has been granted political asylum in Hungary, a week after he fled his country to avoid serving a two-year jail sentence for a corruption conviction. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Gruevski made an asylum request at a Hungarian diplomatic mission in Albania last week and arrived in Hungary by car, escorted by Hungarian diplomats.

Source: The Associated Press