Hungarian Secretary of State in Washington for high-level talks after three years

Relations between Hungary and the United States are based on “the close alliance that binds us”, said Monday in Washington the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Levente Magyar.

Magyar told MTI that his visit to Washington was timely, given that it was three and a half years since a Hungarian secretary of state last visited the U.S. capital, as well as recent developments like the coronavirus pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis.

“We reaffirmed with our American partners that the relationship between Hungary and the United States is based on the close alliance that binds us, despite any potential disagreement, which may arise in matters of policy, as we see the world or the political issues differently,” he added. said the Secretary of State.

“We reviewed the steps we can take in the context of the war in Ukraine to ensure that this cooperation – which had been disrupted in many ways by Covid and the war in recent years – can return to normal. “, he added.

Magyar said he informed his American partners about the aid Hungary is providing to Ukraine, the changes Hungary’s energy and economic situation has undergone in recent months, and the measures the country has taken to stabilize its economy and the energy situation.

Regarding his talks at the US Department of Commerce, Magyar said he and Arun Venkataraman, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets, reviewed steps that could be taken to bring bilateral economic cooperation back to where it was before the war. .

He noted that the two governments disagreed on the issue of the global minimum tax.

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“It’s important for America, but in Hungary we don’t think it’s time to introduce it yet, because it would be a tax hike.” he said. Now is not the time to increase corporate tax burdens, Magyar said, arguing that the energy crisis has already put them at a competitive disadvantage.

“But this is a very complex issue, and we have agreed to continue consultations,” Magyar said. He said Hungary would not support the introduction of a global minimum tax at this time. “But, of course, since we are allies and friends, we have to discuss everything, and I hope that sooner or later we will reach a consensus on this issue as well,” he added.

Magyar said he also discussed bilateral relations with Karen Donfried, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. Although Hungary and the United States agree on many issues, there are several others that need work, Magyar said. “But naturally, both sides will strive to reach an agreement” and continue to advance bilateral relations in a way worthy of the alliance between the two countries, he added.

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Laura T. Thrasher