Budapest (MTI) – Political relations between Hungary and the US could become as productive as the two countries’ security policy and economic relations are, the foreign ministry told MTI on Wednesday.
The Hungarian government is committed to resolving any disputes between the two countries through dialogue, the ministry said in a statement commenting on Tuesday’s US Congress hearing on the future of bilateral relations.
The ministry welcomed that Hoyt Yee, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, praised the security policy cooperation between the two countries.
Hungary also sees the United States as a key ally with whom security policy and economic cooperation is trouble-free, it said.
Hungary as a member of NATO remains focused on contributing to uphold the stability and security of the North Atlantic region through cooperation with its allies, especially the US, the ministry said.
The government is committed to deepening bilateral economic relations, it said, adding that US companies keep increasing their investments in Hungary and employ already 90,000 people. This is a testament to the government’s successful efforts to strengthen economic ties, it said.
The ministry called it “only natural” that “countries on friendly terms have differences of opinion”.
“It has become clear over the past few years that Washington is critical of some of the Hungarian government’s measures,” it said.
The ministry statement noted that Hungary is a member of the European Union, and that all decision of the government and parliament have to comply with EU law.
Economic research institute Szazadveg said the hearing in Congress was far more balanced and constructive than the tense hearings of the past.