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SZIJJÁRTÓ: HUNGARY RESPECTED IN WHITE HOUSE

 

Hungary, the Hungarian government and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán are regarded with respect, appreciation and support in the White House, the foreign minister said in a Facebook entry on Tuesday evening, after a ceremony. Péter Szijjártó was the only EU foreign minister to attend there the signing of Israel’s agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on normalising diplomatic ties, a document he earlier called “historic”. He said that two agreements were signed that could open “a whole new chapter” in history, replacing war and terrorism with peace. Szijjártó called this all the more important because security in the Middle East has an impact on Europe’s security. The accord brokered by US President Donald Trump would mandate a Nobel Peace Prize to be granted to him, Szijjártó said.
During his visit, the Hungarian foreign minister held talks with National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Szijjártó said that Hungarian-US relations are at their peak. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Donald Trump both speak clearly and honestly about their own vision and neither of them can be accused of hypocrisy, he said, adding that this created the basis for their excellent cooperation. In addition, they both take a firm stand against illegal migration, think similarly about protecting Christian communities and supporting families, and agree on world policy issues. Szijjártó also signed an agreement between the Hungarian government and the largest privately held space research company listed on the stock exchange. Concerning energy issues, Szijjártó said Hungary’s recently concluded long-term gas purchase agreement with Shell won general acclaim in Washington. The foreign minister met David B. Cornstein, the outgoing ambassador of the United States to Hungary, who is returning to his home country in November. As regards Hungary’s next ambassador to Washington, Szijjártó said that he had proposed for the post Szabolcs Takács, the foreign ministry’s commissioner for Brexit, which Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had approved.