US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Hungary next week, National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Twitter, according to news portal Origo.
The visit is scheduled for Monday, the Hungarian prime minister’s press chief told the portal.
Further details about the Feb. 11 visit will be provided later by the Hungarian foreign ministry, Bertalan Havasi told MTI on Thursday.
Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told MTI that Pompeo’s visit demonstrated that Hungary is a trusted NATO ally.
Hungary’s political relations with the US have been improving since a Republican administration entered office, Szijjarto said.
“One could say that our political relations are slowly reaching the level of [our] economic and defense cooperation,”
he said, adding that this is clearly reflected by the fact that a US secretary of state is paying a visit to Hungary after eight years.
Hungary is committed to strengthening the North Atlantic alliance and to supporting the United States in its global efforts to fight terrorism and the Islamic State terrorist organisation as the leader of an international coalition, he said.
The Hungarian government’s foreign policy has been guided by the principle of mutual respect which has been reflected in bilateral political cooperation since Donald Trump was elected US president, Szijjarto said.
“Hungary has never joined the chorus of the European political mainstream that keeps criticising the Trump administration’s foreign and domestic affairs decisions,”
The foreign minister said he would hold a joint press conference with the US State Secretary on Monday. Pompeo will also meet Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the defense minister, he added.
Source and Photo: MTI