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Parliamentary committee to invite U.S. charge d'affaires

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Parliament's national security committee was reported to be planning to invite U.S. charge d'affaires Andre Goodfriend to a hearing in connection with the U.S. entry ban affecting certain Hungarian officials, the deputy head of the committee said after a meeting of the body today.

The decision came few hours after Ildikó Vida, CEO of Tax and Customs Authority (NAV), admitted that she is on the list of banned officials.

Szilárd Németh, of governing Fidesz party, informed the press that committee chairman Zsolt Molnár, of the opposition Socialists, would contact Goodfriend in line with the diplomatic protocol, and invite him to next week's committee meeting.

At the non-public meeting held today, László Tasnády, state secretary of Interior Ministry, and officials of the National Security Service and (NAV) briefed the committee. Altough NAV leader Vida was also invited to the meeting, for unnamed reasons she did not attend.

NAV deputy leader Árpád Varga declined to elaborate to the press on his way out of the meeting but he denied being on the US blacklist.

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