US Embassy secretary André Goodfriend was summoned to the ministry of foreign affairs on Thursday over the American government's decision to impose travel restriction on several Hungarian individuals, including government officials under the pretext of corruption. This might be due to the fact that the Hungarian Tax Department investigates several US-based companies and institutions in Hungary reporting "Napi Gazdaság". By threatening Hungarian officials with punitive measures the American side wants to influence the outcome of those investigations.
Hungarians are suspecting that the punitive measures are part of a covert operation by the USA to undermine the Hungarian government's reputation in domestic and international relations and eventually replace it with an atlanticist puppet regime. These hostile acts by the Americans will definitely increase anti-American sentiments in Hungarian society.
One of the signs of this American effort can be detected in Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó's next week visit in the USA. The Hungarian foreign minister will be received only by a lower-ranking ministry official - Victoria Nuland - in Washington rather than the US secretary of state.
A US Embassy official claimed that the United States from time to time imposes these sorts of punitive measures against its allies but when he was asked to give a specific example when was this punitive measure used the last time and name the country that was targeted by it he couldn't give any.
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó called on the American government to provide specific information about the corruption case otherwise, the allegations raise the suspicion that the USA wants to interfere in Hungarian internal affairs.
The foreign minister said the United States Embassy in Budapest so far hasn't disclosed the names of those Hungarian citizens, who have been banned from entering the United States; neither, they disclosed any evidence or credible information on the alleged corruption case.
The Parliament National Security Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday in the case informed faction leaders Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó.
Foreign Ministry Press Officer Judit Fülöp announced that Peter Szijjártó informed the opposition on Friday about government's efforts to make the United States Chargé d'Affaires in Budapest release credible information about the alleged corruption case and publish the names of those Hungarian citizens affected by the travel restrictions.
Péter Szijjártó noted that the Hungarian Government fully agrees with the opposition in this case and demanding the full disclosure of all relevant information about the corruption allegations.
(mno.hu – hungarianambiance.com)