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Szabolcs Takács Named Hungary’s New Ambassador to Washington DC

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.09.16.

Szabolcs Takács will be Hungary’s new ambassador to Washington, D.C., Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, who is visiting Washington, D.C. at the invitation of the White House, announced on Tuesday.

Former ambassador László Szabó left his post after he was appointed to take over pro-Fidesz media holding Mediaworks back in April. Thus, according to Szijjártó “it was time to appoint a new head of mission.”

Former Ambassador to US Takes over Pro-Fidesz Media Holding
Former Ambassador to US Takes over Pro-Fidesz Media Holding

Hungary’s former ambassador to Washington D.C., László Szabó, has been appointed to take over pro-Fidesz media holding Mediaworks, after former director Gábor Liszkay decided to step down. Szabó will also be included in the presidency of KESMA, a government-funded foundation controlling most right-wing outlets. About his departure, Liszkay, one of the master-minds behind the Fidesz-friendly […]Continue reading

“I made a proposal to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, which he accepted, this means Szabolcs Takács will be Hungary’s next ambassador to Washington,” said Szijjártó.

The name of the newly appointed career diplomat who has strong ties to the governing Fidesz party had already been rumored by news site Index a week ago. Then, the portal wrote that Takács was selected partly due to having been “in significant political positions” before.

Szabolcs Takács, 49, has a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature, a master’s in political sciences, European studies and law, and international relations.

US Ambassador Cornstein to Conclude Office Term
US Ambassador Cornstein to Conclude Office Term

David B. Cornstein, the US Ambassador to Hungary, announced on Tuesday evening that he is concluding his service with effect of November 1. In his announcement posted on the US Embassy’s home page, the ambassador said that “it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the country that I love in a country […]Continue reading

He served as Deputy State Secretary for Security Policy from 2013 to 2014. He was then appointed  State Secretary responsible for EU Affairs. In 2019, he became the Ministerial Commissioner for BREXIT.

As the U.S. presidential election is scheduled for November, the incoming ambassador’s appointment can be made official only months later, so he can start his work in 2021 at the earliest.

Featured photo by Enzo Zucchi/European Council/MTI