PM Orbán: Today we made a good decision together to remain unified
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Budapest today. His was the first visit to Hungary of a secretary of state in eight years. It comes at a time when the relationship between Hungary and the United States is bearing fruit in areas that mean a lot to our two countries.
Yesterday, the government of Hungary and the United States Agency for International Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase coordination to help communities in the Middle East recover from genocide and persecution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
A group of US congressmen have expressed their “strong support” to Prime Minister Orbán and his democratically elected government following the “decision by the European Parliament to punish Hungary for exercising its rights to sovereignty and the promotion of its national identity.”
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry held talks with David B. Cornstein, Ambassador of the United States of America, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Antal Rogán, Head of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister
“I’m excited to announce that we are expanding the FLEX program to Hungary,” Ambassador Cornstein said. “This program is a fantastic opportunity for talented Hungarian high school students to study and live in the United States for one year"
“Over the last two months I have had extremely positive experiences here,” said US Ambassador David B. Cornstein earlier today in an interview with the Jewish magazine Szombat. “Had I witnessed that the freedom of any individual or institution was put in danger, I’d be the first one to raise concerns,” he added.
During a reception hosted by the US Embassy to mark the Fourth of July celebrations, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungarians, just like Americans, are real freedom fighters
Late last week, US Ambassador David Cornstein presented his credentials to President János Áder in Budapest. We’re delighted to have a new ambassador from the US, and Mr. Cornstein’s arrival comes at a time when relations between Hungary and the US seem to be entering a new era.
During a senate hearing before his appointment, Cornstein said his primary focus as ambassador to Hungary would be to strengthen bilateral ties and promote democratic values such as the freedoms of expression, media, and religion
The foreign minister said both the US administration and the Hungarian government give priority to the security of their citizens. “Both governments have made clear that they oppose illegal migration and have acted as close allies in the global fight against terrorism,” the minister said
Minister Szijjártó highlighted that the lack of direct flight connections between the two countries had been a disadvantage for Hungary. However, the latest direct flight routes to the United states will benefit the situation
Tamás Menczer said that Thomas O. Melia is [US billionaire] George Soros‘s failed man who had had to leave the US State Department. “It’s unbelievable that he praises Soros but insults the Hungarian people,” he added
In a piece written by Peter Roff, titled “Why is the US interfering in Hungary's election?”, he says that given the outcry over alleged Russian interference in the last US presidential election, it's a wonder more people on Capitol Hill are not up in arms over plans to influence the media in Hungary
In a letter sent to his colleagues, Republican Andy Harris denounced actions by the U.S. to fund so-called "opposition media" and said it "distorted the record" of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. He added that it amounted to meddling in the domestic politics of a democratic ally
Recently, the popular, Hungarian weekly Heti Világgazdagság, or HVG, published an interview with Thomas O. Melia, a former deputy state secretary in the US State Department under the Obama Administration. The interview ran under the headline, “Everyone sees what is happening in Hungary.”
Earlier this week, the chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Budapest delivered remarks on the freedom of the press. The remarks garnered a lot of attention not least because of the senior US diplomat’s very pointed criticisms and assertion that “negative trends are continuing” in the sphere of press freedom in Hungary.
“Despite pressure from the EU, the Visegrád Group is unified with regard to the fact that illegal immigration is a bad thing, and we must protect our citizens from its effects as determinedly as possible," Hungary's foreign minister said
The minister highlighted how Hungary has the lowest level of corporation tax in the European Union, in addition to which American companies also regard the government’s investor-friendly attitude and investment promotion program as major arguments in favor of Hungary
"When we root for the US president’s efforts to improve relations with Russia, we don’t do so because we’re pro-Russian or pro-American, but simply because we’re pro-Hungarian," Hungary's foreign minister said. "We must protect the security of the Hungarian people."
Zoltán Balog welcomed the US secretary’s acknowledgement of the changes in Hungarian regulations and said that Hungarian officials have already taken up contact with the states of Maryland, Massachusetts and New York
Hungary's foreign minister said “we are living in a new world and a new world order”. It is “good news” for Hungary and the rest of the world that US President Donald Trump is putting national interests first
“The Government of Hungary has stated publicly that it can only discuss the future of CEU in Hungary with relevant US authorities, which in this case is the State of New York. The Governor welcomes the opportunity to resolve this matter and to initiate discussions with the Hungarian government without delay,” the New York state governor said
1,710 American companies are employing some 100,000 people in Hungary, and Dana Hungary Limited’s new 13,000 square meter factory in Győr, which is being built with an investment of 46 million euros, would serve to further reinforce Hungarian-American economic cooperation
"Hungary actually never closed its borders to refugees or migrants. Anyone, even in the last two years, who wanted to cross the border legally [could use] border crossing stations. You provide your papers, your passport, and if you don’t have one, you basically play by the rules of the authorities and by the legislation of the EU," Hungary's deputy minster of Foreign Affairs and Trade said
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, met members of President Trump’s White House staff in Washington, including: Jason Greenblatt, the United States special representative for International Negotiations as well as ethnic Hungarian advisor Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president for National Security Affairs
“We are facing challenges, which, it is my belief, we are capable of overcoming jointly, through partnership. However, we also have huge opportunities to move forward towards the achievement of our common goals," President Trump wrote in his letter to PM Orbán
“The goals of the new government of the United States confirm the correctness of Hungarian security policy thinking, it became apparent at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC)," Hungary's defense minister said
Hungary's defense minister said that both the US and Hungary think that “a greater military presence is required in crisis zones and peace should be ensured as soon as possible so that local residents can stay and prosper in their homelands”
Although there are already plans in motion for the prime minister to visit Washington for an official visit, sources say the prime minister and the US president are set to step to the sidelines of the NATO summit to discuss Hungary-US relations
“During his telephone conversation with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, United States President-elect Donald Trump expressed his thanks for Hungary’s support of American Hungarians and also said he had always had great respect for Hungary," Hungary's foreign minister revealed