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Independence Day: President Áder Lauds Shared Values With United States

By Tamás Székely // 2015.07.06.

Hungarian President János Áder said in a letter to President Barack Obama on the occasion of American Independence Day that in “an unpredictable world … the strength of our transatlantic alliance is of crucial importance”. “The people of the United States can always count on Hungary to stand up in defence of the many values that we share,” the Hungarian head of state wrote, congratulating “the people of the United States of America on behalf of the Hungarian people as you celebrate Independence Day…”

János Áder, who attended the VOLT festival in Sopron last weekend, said the Declaration of Independence “has remained not only a symbol of freedom for Americans, but also a source of inspiration for those fighting for liberty throughout the world”. “As we live in a rapidly changing, volatile and unpredictable world, those ideals have never been more relevant,” the president wrote, referring to “brutal acts of terror” and the “intensifying refugee crisis on Europe’s borders” and “the looming threat of climate change”. “As NATO allies, Hungary and the United States share the commitment to protecting peace and democratic values. We fight and work shoulder to shoulder to promote human rights, the rule of law and sustainable development across the globe,” Áder wrote.

Hungarians and Americans love freedom and this binds the two nations, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said at an event hosted by US ambassador to Budapest Colleen Bell last Thursday. At the event held ahead of the 239th anniversary of Independence Day, Péter Szijjártó said in his speech that Hungary and the US must work closely together in the future, too, and Hungary is always ready to discuss all important issues in the spirit of friendship and alliance. He announced that in September Hungary will reopen its consulate-general in Chicago. The ambassador emphasised the significance of cooperation between Hungary and the US, adding that both countries were committed to freedom.

via and MTI photo: Péter Nyikos – MTI