Budapest (MTI) – Central and eastern European energy supply and bilateral issues were in the focus of talks between US state department official Thomas Melia and a Hungarian foreign ministry official on Monday.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that parliamentary state secretary Laszlo Szabo and the deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor reviewed the region’s energy security. Szabo said that Hungary counted on European Union help and products from America’s shale gas market to ensure this.

In connection with Ukraine, Szabo confirmed that Hungary is committed to restoring the country’s territorial integrity and full sovereignty and it continues to supply Ukraine with gas and humanitarian assistance. They discussed the situation of ethnic Hungarians in the western part of the country, and Melia emphasised that the US is paying special attention to its minorities, including to the Hungarian one.

Szabo expressed hope that “the two countries’ political relations will be raised to the same excellent level” that economic and security ties enjoy, the statement said.


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