Six Hungarians affected by U.S. entry ban
Six Hungarians are affected by the entry ban to the United States on suspicion of corruption, and all six people are government employees or affiliated with the government, André Goodfriend, the charge d'affaires at the U.S. embassy in Budapest said, according to MTI news agency.
Earlier reports had said ten Hungarians were included in the ban. Goodfriend told a roundtable organized by the U.S. Embassy on Monday that they had first contacted the Foreign Ministry on this matter on Oct. 6. He confirmed that he had not shared any names with state secretary Levente Magyar at the time, and repeated that the people involved would be contacted directly. He added that the United States never releases the names of people it bans from entry, but it notifies them of the ban so that they know about it before they try to enter the country.
He said the list of banned people contained six names, but this could change. Speaking at a hearing of Parliament's national security committee earlier on Monday, head of the Prime Minister's Office János Lázár said that the Hungarian government trusted that the issue can be discussed with the U.S., a strategic partner and friend, in a constructive way. He said only the U.S. could explain who has been blacklisted and why.
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