The US embassy in Budapest has neither revealed the names nor indicated why the ban was imposed, Péter Szijjártó, minister of foreign affairs and state, told group leaders of the parliamentary parties on Saturday. The US embassy earlier said that “certain Hungarian private individuals” have been found to be ineligible for entry to the US because “credible information is available showing that these persons participated or profited from corruption activities.” At a forum on Friday, André Goodfriend, the US embassy’s chargé d’affaires, said Hungarian government officials were affected by the ban. And in an interview to public television, hesaid members of government were implicated in corruption.
Meanwhile two opposition parties have called on PM Viktor Orbán to initiate an investigation into the names of persons affected by the US entry ban and share the information with lawmakers in parliament. Tamás Harangozó, the deputy group leader of the Socialists, said they had urged a special investigation to find out the names of members of the government who have been banned from entering the United States over alleged involvement in corruption. “The stain of corruption stay on the entire government until the moment the prime minister comes forward with the names,” he told a weekend press conference.
András Schiffer, the co-chair of green party LMP, told the press that the prime minister has the means to find out the names of those affected by the ban. He called on Viktor Orbán to take action within 24 hours to find out the names and the reason for the ban, and to share the information with parliament. “The country’s foreign-policy capability is at risk,” Schiffer said, adding that LMP would consult with the Socialists on the matter. Foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó said the government was fully in agreement with the opposition because everyone wanted full disclosure on the matter.
via hungarymatters.hu photo: building of U.S embassy in Budapest (source: hungary.usembassy.gov)