US ambassador calls talks with Orbán ‘warm, productive’
United States Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis called talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in parliament on Tuesday "very warm and productive".
The US embassy said in a statement after the 90-minute meeting they had discussed "a wide range of issues in our bilateral relationship, including our cooperation in the NATO led missions in Afghanistan and the Balkans."
It noted that the ambassador had thanked Orbán for Hungary's "extraordinary service as our protecting power in Libya."
Kounalakis discussed with the prime minister how the US embassy and American companies might help Hungary in its efforts to restructure the economy, including support for the development of entrepreneurship and small and medium sized enterprises.
The statement also noted concerns mentioned by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to Budapest in June.
"These issues were raised as a friend with the understanding that Hungary is a democracy with an elected government that has been given a rare two-thirds mandate by the people of Hungary," the statement said.
"With this unique opportunity and rapid pace of change, the United States has a strong interest in seeing Hungary succeed and emerge an even stronger ally. Our relationship is based upon our shared values, common interests and mutual respect," it concluded.
SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL
Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.