Budapest, December 16 (MTI) – A foreign country preparing an anti-corruption action plan for Hungary without consultations with the government is reason for concern from the point of view of Hungary’s sovereignty, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Tuesday.

Szijjarto said in parliament that US charge d’affaires Andre Goodfriend had been summoned to the ministry to consult about a Monday statement by Under Secretary of State Sarah Sewall. Goodfriend was told that Hungary would consider it wrong if a country was to support civil organisations in order to exercise pressure on a democratically elected government of another country in any issue.

Szijjarto added that the issue was also raised at Monday’s meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union.

Sewall said that embassies in two dozen countries in central and eastern Europe are currently drafting action plans for supporting and cooperating on anti-corruption reform in their host country.

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