PM: U.S. Hungary's ally

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The essence of Hungarian-U.S. relations can be summed up as follows: there is an alliance between the two nations in politics, a partnership in the economy and respect in the intellectual, cultural sphere, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in the Parliament building on Friday evening during the celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and General Electric's presence in Hungary.

Despite the disputes between Hungary and the United States, the two countries are in fact allies, the Prime Minister said at the event. The friendship between the two countries is not based on political declarations, he added, but its fundaments are great minds such as Leó Szilárd, János Neumann (John von Neumann), Albert Szentgyörgyi and Tódor Kármán (Theodore von Karman).

"These are personalities who have left their mark on American politics, economy, sciences and culture, personalities whom both nations can duly be proud of," Orbán emphasized adding that both nations believe in the notion that "a strong community can only be built by individuals who live in freedom and in an environment of free enterprise."

The people of Europe, central Europe and Hungary do no wish for the return of the cold war, but they demand respect for international law, peace, partnership and economic prosperity, the Hungarian Prime Minister said noting that "we do not want European prosperity to become an interlude between two cold wars". Orbán acknowledged the Transatlantic alliance by saying that "a brotherhood in arms between the United States and Europe" is a major pillar of Europe's future success.

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