Ambassador voices commitment to improve ties with US
Washington, DC, March 16 (MTI) – Reka Szemerkenyi, Hungary’s ambassador to the United States, said improving ties between Hungary and the US was an objective shared with Colleen Bell, her American counterpart.
Szemerkenyi spoke at a celebration marking the anniversary of Hungary’s 1848/49 revolution, in Washington on Sunday, and said that any conflict in bilateral relations should be resolved on a basis of shared values.
“There is no, there cannot be, and there will not be any development that would question Hungarians’ faith or practice in western democracy,” the ambassador said.
“Not again will Hungary become a colony of any external power, an eastern power the least. We chose our western allies out of our own free will […] and the differences we may have do not arise from our set of values,” Szemerkenyi insisted. Those differences, however, need to be clarified, and “no disturbance must be allowed” in bilateral cooperation, she said, adding that “we must not allow those (differences) to lead to the wrong conclusions”.
The commemoration was one of a series of similar celebrations in Hungarian communities to pay tribute to heroes of the 1848/49 revolution and freedom fight.