Hillary Clinton: Orbán has always fought for freedom

Friday, July 1, 2011

At a meeting with U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán urged the secretary to support the Central European region and bilateral economic cooperation between Hungary and the United States. Hillary Clinton rejected the domestic opposition's attacks on the prime minister accusing him of arrogance and oppressive tendencies.

Hungary and the United States have been building a value-based alliance since the collapse of communism said the prime minister to the press, after meeting Hillary Clinton yesterday in Parliament.

Hungary needs transatlantic cooperation said the prime minister. At the same time, he made ​​it clear that for Hungary the Central European dimension is the primary "logical framework" to deal with. Orbán said "it would be nice if economic co-operation" would get more attention, because Central Europe is an aspiring region and to its further growth, it needs the presence of American capital as well.

According to the U.S Secretary of State, the U.S. government will examine how to support this effort. In the mean time, she praised Hungary's rotating EU presidency and its efforts to solve the Roma question.

The U.S. Secretary of State was asked to react to the controversy surrounding the new Hungarian Constitution. In her reply, she remarked that at the meeting with the prime minister Hungarian domestic policy issues were also discussed. In this context, Clinton recalled that Viktor Orbán has fought for freedom in his entire life. The head of American diplomacy added: we are advocating an "inclusive" constitution and encouraging Hungary to draft a balanced basic law.

Clinton also met opposition leaders and NGO representatives among others former Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai. The head of the Socialist party, Attila Mesterhazy complained to the U.S. Secretary of State about the “abuse of power” by the Fidesz government suggesting that the Fidesz government misusing its two-thirds parliamentary majority. But according to the U.S. Secretary of State, until a government can be voted out of office in a democratic election, it makes no sense to talk about the end of democracy. She also remarked that the government's parliamentary majority has been obtained by free and fair election.

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