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US Ambassador: ‘Orbán Gov’t Not Totalitarian, Hungary Democracy’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.28.

Relations between Hungary and the United States could not be better, outgoing US Ambassador David B. Cornstein said in an interview published in daily Magyar Nemzet’s Wednesday issue.

The ambassador told the paper that US-Hungary relations had been “rather poor” when he came to serve in Hungary in June 2018.

He highly regarded efforts made towards strengthening mutual security, noting the Defence Cooperation Agreement signed by the two countries last year. Their troops work together in several missions around the world as both sides are committed to defending freedom and democracy, he said.

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“What I have experienced is clearly that Hungary’s government is not totalitarian. Hungary is a democracy where there are democratic elections, therefore I did not find such remarks justified at all”, the ambassador said.

Featured photo by Viktor Orbán’s Facebook page