Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has expressed sympathy over the death of President George HW Bush in a letter sent to his family, Orbán’s press chief said. Orbán said it was with great sadness that he had learnt about the passing of Bush last Friday, whom he described as a great American patriot and a friend of Hungary, Bertalan Havasi said. Hungarians will always remember him and remain thankful for what he did for the dismantling of the iron curtain and the liberation of Hungary and central Europe from Soviet oppression, the prime minister said in the letter. The president’s visit in Hungary in 1989 was seen as encouragement in a critical period, he added. Hungarians will never forget his respectable and strong dedication to historic changes in the region, Orbán said.