The United States’ recently appointed Ambassador to Hungary, David Cornstein arrived in Budapest on Friday, Index.hu reports. The United States has not had an Ambassador to Hungary for 1.5 years, since the last U.S. ambassador, Colleen Bradley Bell’s mission was terminated on 20 January 2017.
David Cornstein arrived in Budapest on 22 June (Friday) accompanied by his wife, Sheile Cornstein. The U.S. ambassador and his wife were greeted by Hungarian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Levente Magyar. The U.S. Embassy Budapest posted photos of the ambassador’s arrival on its Facebook page.
David Cornstein nagykövet úr, Sheila Cornstein asszony, üdvözöljük Önöket Budapesten! David Kostelancik követtanácsos és…
As we have reported earlier, Ambassador David Cornstein was appointed by the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump on 13 February 2018. The United States did not have an Ambassador to Hungary for a while (1.5 years), after the previous ambassador Colleen Bradley Bell’s mission was terminated in January 2017. David J. Kostelancik served as Chargé d’affaires (a diplomat who heads an embassy in the absence of the ambassador) between January 2017 and June 2018.
Officially, the U.S. did not have an Ambassador to Hungary for 1.5 years.
David B. Cornstein is a 78-year-old businessman from New York. We have already reported on his Hungarian ancestry in a previous article:
His grandparents were immigrants from Russia and Hungary. Regarding his political aims, he wants to defend democratic values, and he finds it important to protect the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.
Cornstein is likely to represent the interests of the United States here in Hungary, which are mostly economic and military.
The American-Hungarian relations are currently at a political low point, and Index asks and answers the question of what kind of impact Cornstein will have on the relationship between the two countries: probably no change will take place except for maybe a smoother diplomatic communication between the U.S. and Hungary.
If you are interested in Cornstein’s plans and aims as Ambassador to Hungary, here you can read our article on what he said at a hearing in the U.S. Senate in May. If you click here, you can also read about what the Hungarian Ambassador to Washington said about Hungary wanting to remain a Christian country at an event in Virginia, U.S.
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