FM Péter Szijjártó inaugurates the new Hungarian Embassy in Washington

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In his opening speech, the foreign minister stressed that the opening of a new embassy is always the beginning of something new in bilateral relations. He reminded that not far from the embassy also something new has started, which may result profound changes in world politics referring to the White House, which is just a stone's throw away from the new Hungarian Embassy.

We are very pleased to see what has been happening in Washington said the foreign minister stressing that Hungary is looking forward to start a new type of Hungarian-American cooperation.

It is no exaggeration to say that a new world order has been emerging, and this is so even if the changes are not surrounded by common understanding. But if you look back in history, big changes have never happened with unanimous approval by all players said Szijjártó.

One of the major features of the emerging new world order is the United States' more patriotic economic policy. Hungary is also in the process of implementing a new patriotic economic policy said the foreign minister.

Hungary closely follows developments in the US and President Donald Trump's policies. Hungary is rooting for the president's efforts to make the US a safe and a great place to live because the well-being of the whole world depends on those policies.

We face extraordinary challenges as the Islamic State threatens the entire civilized world. "I think Donald Trump is right when he says that for far more efforts are needed to defeat terrorism around the world," adding that at the Wednesday's meeting of the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State, as a contribution, Hungary will make an offer to increase Hungarian troops already fighting in Iraq.

Szijjártó stressed that Hungary is proud to be one of the twenty-seven countries that sent troops in Iraq to fight against the jihadists. (Currently, 150 special operation forces stationed in Iraq's Kurdistan region)

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó meets National Security Presidential Adviser Sebastian Gorka. Photo: MTI

After the openings ceremony, Szijjártó met Donald Trump's advisers, among them Presidential Security Adviser Sebastian Gorka and Presidential Special Envoy Responsible for International Relations Jason Greenblatt.

The foreign minister told MTI that we are witnessing a new start in world politics. "In world politics political correctness and hypocrisy is over, and in the world economy a whole new set of requirements emerging and quite different factors determine a country's competitiveness as before."

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó meets Presidential Special Envoy Responsible for International Relations Jason Greenblatt. Photo: MTI

Szijjártó stressed that the new US administration's attitude towards Hungary has changed. "It is obvious that attempts to intervene in Hungarian domestic politics by the US administration has come to an end as the US adopted a far more constructive attitude towards Hungary."

The new Hungarian Embassy in Washington is located in a Victorian style building constructed in 1879 and later expanded with neoclassical elements. The old embassy building won't be closed but will continue to function as a consular office said the foreign minister.

(MTI -


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