Hungary’s government spokesman, Zoltan Kovacs, and the PM’s chief security advisor, Gyorgy Bakondi, are in Washington, DC, for three days of talks and briefings with members of the US administration, lawmakers, political analysts and journalists.
Kovacs told MTI on Wednesday the aim of the visit was to brief people on Hungary’s standpoint on various issues, primarily on domestic security and illegal migration.
Bakondi and Kovacs paid a visit to the FBI headquarters and they discussed techniques of crisis communications. At the department for homeland security, the fight against terrorism was on the agenda. Kovacs said that Hungarian concerns about illegal migration and its border protection measures were greeted with understanding. “Americans are rightly concerned that terrorists entering Europe can access American visa programmes,” he said, adding that the US not only understood Hungarian measures taken against illegal migration but also supported them.
Both Hungarian officials had talks with Dennis Ross and Andy Harris, Republican congressmen for Florida and Maryland, respectively, and also with Devin Nunes, representative of California. They also had meetings at the Heritage Foundation among other influential think-tanks.
Kovacs also briefed people on Hungary’s economic performance and “the success of the Hungarian model” as well as on cooperation within the Visegrad Group of countries. “Central Europe is a region with which the US has a strategic partnership,” he said.