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Jul 04, 2018

The foreign minister and US ambassador celebrate Independence Day in Hungary

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

The foreign minister has said relations between Hungary and the United States are expected to undergo a genuine revival in the coming months and years.

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. Both value freedom and independence because they had to fight so many times in history.

The Independence Day event was held in Budapest and hosted by the new US ambassador to Hungary, David B. Cornstein.

Minister Szijjártó noted a similarity in the approach of the international press towards the two countries’ governments, stating that Hungary “will never join the choir of those Europeans” who he said had “made it a routine” to criticize the United States.

He added that the Hungarian government will continue to have a balanced approach towards any decisions taken by the US government concerning foreign and domestic affairs.

The minister said he fully understood US President Donald Trump’s position on the protection of America’s borders, adding that he agreed with the principle that it is a country’s sovereign right to decide whom it allows to enter its territory.

In regard to bilateral business relations, Minister Szijjártó noted that the United States is the most important market for Hungary’s exports outside Europe. The 1,700 US companies doing business in Hungary employ more than 100,000 people, the minister said.