Six Hungarian individuals are affected by the entry ban to the United States on suspicion of corruption, the US embassy in Budapest said. All six people are government employees or affiliated with the government, André Goodfriend, the chargé d’affaires of the embassy, said. The diplomat told a round table organised by the embassy on Monday that they had first contacted the foreign ministry on this matter on 6th of October.
Briefing the press after the yesterday meeting of parliament’s national security committee, minister of PM’s Office, János Lázár said currently the only side that can explain who has been blacklisted and why is the one that issued it.“The Hungarian government has no information on the matter,” he said, adding that “not a single government official has been informed about a ban against them entering the United States”, Lázár told. If the US immigration authorities refuse to reveal information that serves as the basis for a blacklist of Hungarian officials then it would be difficult to avoid concluding that this was a “provocation”, the ruling Fidesz party’s group leader Antal Rogán told the media.
André Goodfriend confirmed that he had not shared any names with state secretary Levente Magyar at the time, and said the people involved would be contacted directly. Goodfriend said this matter mainly concerned the affected parties and the US government, but they notified the ministry, too, so that it would not be surprised by the news. He said he later conveyed the same information to minister of foreign affairs and trade, Péter Szijjártó. He added that the United States never releases the names of people it bans from entry, but it notifies them of the ban so that they know about it before they try to enter the country. Goodfriend said the list of banned people contained six names, but this could change.
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