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Jan 30, 2019

PM Orbán: There are no problems in Hungary’s relations with the United States of America

PM Orbán said the purpose of recent false media reports has been to create confusion before the upcoming visit to Budapest by the US Secretary of State

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said there are no problems in Hungary’s relations with the United States of America.

The prime minister highlighted a recent report in the Wall Street Journal which falsely stated that Hungary has no defense agreement with the United States. PM Orbán said the purpose of these false reports has been to create confusion before the upcoming visit to Budapest by the US Secretary of State.

The prime minister added that “Hungary is a member of NATO and an ally of the United States of America. The Hungarian people decided this in a referendum.”

“The goal of the Government of Hungary continues to be the strengthening of its existing alliance with the United States. It is in this spirit that we are preparing for the visit to Budapest by Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo,” the prime minister added.

Meanwhile, Minister Szíjjártó spoke about Hungarian-US relations in a live interview on Hír TV.

"This article fits into the line of lies about Hungary," Minister Szíjjártó said. "We have a defense agreement that was signed two years ago and at most we can discuss an update of the agreement".

He also said that the Foreign Ministry will begin discussions to include Hungary in the US Secretary of State's upcoming European tour.

"There hasn't been a US state secretary in Hungary in the past eight years, and this was attributed to the bad relations of the two countries. Now when it seems that the secretary of state is indeed coming to Hungary, they keep talking about bad relations," Minister Szíjjártó said.