Head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee Zsolt Németh has started a roundtrip of US cities to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Hungary’s regime change and visited Cleveland, Ohio and Houston, Texas as the first stops of his journey.
He told MTI by phone on Wednesday that he had held meetings with local Hungarians in Cleveland and with businesspeople and members of congress in Houston. Németh said he had given a lecture at the George Bush Library and Museum about cooperation between the US, Hungary and central Europe in the past thirty years. An important event remembered was President George Bush’s visit to Hungary in 1989, he added.
Németh said the US had played a key role in the fight for regime change thirty years ago and currently the US and especially NATO once again gained significance in securing the stability of the eastern borders of the Western world.
Hungarians living in the West always played an important role in the success of Hungary’s nations policy because even before the regime change they successfully promoted the ideals of a democratic Hungary and developed a successful lobby to enforce the rights of Hungarian communities living abroad, he said.
Commenting on his Houston visit, Németh said half of capital investments from the US to Hungary originated from Texas. He noted that the state’s significance had been recognised by the opening of a Hungarian consulate office in Houston.
Featured photo illustration via Zsolt Németh’s Facebook page