Budapest, January 20 (MTI) – Hungary aims to build the best possible friendship with its neighbours, the foreign minister told the Friends of Hungary 2014 conference in Budapest on Monday.
Making friends with other nations is a basic principle of Hungary’s foreign policy, which aims to build the best possible relations with “every worthy country”, said Janos Martonyi.
Maintaining good relations with neighbouring countries, however, is particularly important, he told the event President Janos Ader opened earlier in the day.
Asked about Hungary-US relations in the context of the assignment of a new US ambassador to serve in Budapest, Martonyi said that “we are looking forward to welcoming the ambassador.”
He said there were disputes on some issues between Hungary and the United States, but “most of these are due to misunderstandings and misinformation provided or obtained.”
Martonyi asked ambassador nominee Colleen Bradley Bell to not simply follow “guidelines scripted by others in advance”, but “to establish a view based on her own experience.”
Bell told the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, on Thursday that, if confirmed, she would work to uphold American and European democratic values, to express concerns where appropriate, and to urge Hungarian partners to work collaboratively with international partners and civil society.
In her speech, she noted that over the past two years Washington had clearly voiced its concerns about the state of checks and balances in Hungary and the independence of some key institutions.
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