Hungary builds on the “very strong” links it maintains with the US, including the results of a meeting between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and US President Donald Trump in May and the success stories of US firms that have set up base in Hungary, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said.
Szijjártó participated in a conference at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, DC and told a roundtable with Visegrad Group government representatives that the US had played an important role in Hungary achieving the largest economic growth in the European Union.
He said there were several common elements in the policies pursued by Washington and Budapest. They both consider the protection of their own citizens and country borders priority tasks and maintain the right to decide who can enter their country and whom they want to live with, Szijjártó added.
The role of central and eastern Europe in international cooperation, including Transatlantic links, was also on the agenda of the Orbán-Trump meeting, he added. He said both countries considered it important to raise their voices against the persecution of Christians in conflict areas.
He also said that Hungary was hopeful about cooperation with the new president of Ukraine but expects action from Kiev. The previous Ukrainian leadership took rights away from Hungarians, including curbing the right to use the mother tongue, he added.