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Hungarian President János Áder Sends Condolences to US Following New York Truck Attack

By Tom Szigeti // 2017.11.02.

President of the Republic of Hungary János Áder has sent a letter to US President Donald Trump expressing his country’s condolences over Tuesday’s terror attack in New York, in which eight people died.

On the night of October 31st, a 29-year-old native of Uzbekistan, drove a rented truck onto a bike path near the World Trade Center. The attacker, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, lived in New Jersey, and following his apprehension by police has said that “he was inspired by Islamic State videos”, CNN reports.

New York’s police department, the NYPD, has announced that the victims were five high school students from Argentina, a Belgian mother, and two young American men.

In his letter, President Áder expressed his shock at news of the “cruel attack” in New York in which “the lives of many innocent people were taken.”

On behalf of the Hungarian people, Áder expressed condolences to the families and friends of the victims, writing that

In these difficult hours, all of us share sympathy with those who lost their loved ones in the terrorist attack.

In an interview with Hungarian state television on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said the attack in New York clearly showed that “the threat of terror is a global phenomenon”. He added that information so far suggested that no Hungarians had been affected by the attack.

He said the top objective of every political leader should be to guarantee the security of their people and countries. He added that Hungary is an ally of the US in the struggle against terrorism, noting that Hungary has participated in the fight against the Islamic State for the past two years.

Szijjártó also told the news station that

Allies in the global fight against terrorism can continue to count on Hungary.


Hungarian Officials Visit DC

Hungary’s government spokesman, Zoltan Kovács, and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s chief security advisor, György Bakondi, are in Washington DC for three days of talks and briefings with members of the US administration, lawmakers, political analysts and journalists. The trip is unrelated to Tuesday’s tragic attack in New York.

Kovács said the aim of the visit was to brief people on the Orbán government’s stances on various issues, primarily on domestic security and illegal migration. He claimed that Hungarian concerns about illegal migration and its border protection measures were greeted with understanding.

“Americans are rightly concerned that terrorists entering Europe can access American visa programs,” he said, arguing that the US not only understood Hungarian measures taken against illegal migration but also supported them. During their time in the US capital, the Hungarian delegation met with right-wing American politicians and political groups.

Both Hungarian officials had talks with Dennis Ross and Andy Harris, Republican congressmen for Florida and Maryland, respectively, and also with Devin Nunes, representative of California.

They also met with representatives of the conservative Heritage Foundation, as well as with other think tanks.

Via MTI, Hungary Matters, BBC, the New York Times, and CNN

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