It is not a stretch to say that a “genuine revival” of relations between the United States and Hungary can be expected in the coming period, Hungary’s foreign minister said at a Fourth of July reception at the US Embassy in Budapest.
Hungarians, just like the American people, are real freedom fighters, Péter Szijjártó said in a joint address with David B. Cornstein, the United States’ new ambassador to Hungary. Both nations value freedom and independence, causes they had to fight so many times in history, the minister said. Szijjártó noted a similarity in the approach of the international press towards the two countries’ governments, saying that Hungary “will never join the choir of those Europeans” who he said had “made it a routine” to criticise the United States. The Hungarian government will continue to have a balanced approach towards any decisions taken by the US government concerning foreign and domestic affairs, he said.
The minister said he fully understood US President Donald Trump’s position on protecting America’s borders, adding that he agreed with the principle that it is a country’s sovereign right to decide whom it allows to enter its territory.
On the topic of bilateral business relations, Szijjártó noted that the US is the most important market for Hungarian exports outside Europe. The 1,700 US companies doing business in Hungary employ more than 100,000 people, the minister said.
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David B. Cornstein emphasised the importance of July 4th for generations of Americans, saying that people on this day celebrate freedom and the rule of law, as well as the freedom of speech, press and religion. The ambassador, who presented his credentials to President János Áder on June 25, said he will work together with Hungary towards building the best ever bilateral relations with the country.