Budapest, May 4 (MTI) – The Friends of Hungary Foundation (Moba) will hold its third world conference in Budapest this weekend, Szilveszter E Vizi, the president of the foundation’s board of trustees, said.

Participants will be met by Hungary’s President János Áder and Speaker of Parliament László Kövér in Parliament on Friday, the first day of the meeting, Vizi, former head of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, told a press conference on Wednesday.

Topics to be covered at the conference include views of Hungary in the foreign press, the state of the Hungarian economy and the foundation activities.

At the event Marek Kuchcinski, the Marshal of the Polish Sejm, will be made an honorary member of the Friends of Hungary Foundation and Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó will present awards to other Moba members.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will address the event and US Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell will give a reception for US participants, Vizi added.

The foundation was launched a few years ago in the United States by scientists and businessmen who believed there was a need for an association to hold the Hungarian diaspora together, Vizi noted. It also welcomes members who are not of Hungarian origin but who love and want to help this country, he added. The foundation currently has ties to 60 Hungarian organisations abroad and the conference usually has about 150-200 registered visitors.

Vizi said the foundation’s goals include reporting about the successes achieved by Hungarians living all over the world and helping to build a “healthy national pride” in young people today. Moba will disseminate “objective reports” about Hungary and will never make a political statement, he said.


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