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Foreign Minister: Guarantee of excellent Hungary-US relations is Donald Trump

Because Hungarian-US relations were at their height during the presidency of Donald Trump, "it is always good news when we hear about the success" of the former president, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in New York on Friday.

Szijjarto made his comment in reaction to Trump’s huge victory in the Republican presidential caucus in Nevada on Thursday. The minister noted that the period of 2016-2020 had been distinctly different in Hungary-US relations from the previous and subsequent periods.

Bilateral political relations were “at their peak” during the Trump administration between 2016 and 2020 when those relations were built on mutual respect, Szijjarto said, according to a ministry statement. “What helped a lot was that Donald Trump and his team and the Hungarian government ruling then and now were thinking along the same lines on the most pressing global issues such as the fight against migration, peace, the protection of families and conservative values,” he said.

The minister underlined that the Hungarian government was keeping tabs on US election events “strictly from the aspect of Hungary-US relations in the hope that they would return to their 2016-2020 peak”. “And this obviously has one personal condition. The name guaranteeing excellent Hungary-US relations is Donald Trump.”

“We have always shown respect to the United States, to the people of the United States and to their decisions. This will obviously be the case in November, no matter what decision they will take,” said Szijjarto.

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