A US Congressional delegation visited Hungary last Friday and met with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and other members of the cabinet.
The delegation, comprising one Democratic and five Republican lawmakers, was headed by Dennis Ross who confirmed his strong commitment to developing closer ties between the two countries.
László Kövér, speaker of the National Assembly, said Hungary and the United States have a vested interest in developing bilateral relations along common values and promoting a better understanding between the two countries.
Hungary strives to boost political, economic, cultural and tourism ties and further develop the traditionally close relationship in military and security policy matters, Kövér told the delegation.
The speaker of Parliament called the United States Hungary’s most important ally outside the European Union. The two sides exchanged views on the future of the European Union, responses to the European migration crisis, V4 cooperation, the Ukrainian education law that limits the language rights of the ethnic Hungarian community, Hungarian-Russian relations and Hungary’s efforts to eliminate its unilateral dependence on energy imports.
The congressmen also met Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér as well as MP Zsolt Németh, chairman of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and of the Hungary-US friendship section.