Sofia, May 18 (MTI) – Recent critical remarks about Hungary from the United States can be put down to Hungarian-born financier George Soros’ “dissatisfaction” with the current Hungarian government, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday.
“Soros is dissatisfied with Hungary’s government and he wants to see a different government in power,” Szijjarto told MTI by phone from Sofia, where he is attending a Council of Europe meeting of foreign ministers. “We believe it is this dissatisfaction that is at the heart of the United States’ recent criticism of Hungary.”
At a campaign event for his wife at the College of New Jersey last week, former US President Bill Clinton referred to Hungary and Poland as “two countries that would not be free but for the United States and the long Cold War”. Clinton added that now Hungarians decided democracy was “too much trouble” and want a Putin-style leadership.
On Tuesday, US Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell said Clinton’s comments were the former president’s personal opinion.
Szijjarto said “the facts contradict” the criticism, as “more and more US companies are investing in Hungary”. In 2015, the US was both the top non-European Union investor in Hungary and the country’s number one export destination outside the EU, he insisted.