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Szijjarto: Not worth it for visiting US senators to try to pressure Hungary

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has said a US congressional delegation scheduled to visit Hungary this weekend should not try to put pressure on the country, underlining that Hungary "is a sovereign country".

Answering a question at a press conference on Friday in connection with a planned visit by a bipartisan delegation of US senators to Hungary, Szijjarto said the government welcomed the senators just as it did every foreign visitor.

“We’re glad that they’re coming, because they’ll be able to see with their own eyes that everything they read about Hungary in the liberal American media is a blatant lie,” Szijjarto said. “And so, they’ll be able to see with their own eyes that we here in Hungary are in no way an obstacle to Hungarian-American cooperation and its improvement.”

“They’ll see how excellent economic cooperation is between the two countries and they’ll get to see the beauties of the country, so we welcome the US congressmen the same way we welcome any other foreign visitor,” the minister said.

“If they’re coming with the purpose of telling us how we ought to live or what decisions we ought to make, I wouldn’t recommend that because that would definitely be — as they say — an incomplete mission, so it wouldn’t be worth it,” he added.

Szijjarto said he was not aware of the senators having any plans to meet anyone from Hungary’s government sector, noting that their counterparts were the Hungarian members of parliament. “I don’t know if there will be any meetings there,” he said.

He said the reason why it was not worth trying to put pressure on Hungary was because it “is a sovereign country, and we think a sovereign country shouldn’t put pressure on others, especially if it’s an ally”.

Szijjarto said the Hungarian national assembly was the sovereign parliament of a sovereign country, and its decisions were not based on visits by congressional delegations.

“Our position on the ratification of Sweden’s NATO membership is clear,” Szijjarto said. “We await the Swedish prime minister’s visit to Hungary. I think that if he was able to visit Turkiye during the ratification process, then he can also pay us a visit.”

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