PHOTOS: Trump’s senior adviser awarded the Hungarian Order of Merit

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Thursday decorated Jared Kushner, senior adviser to former US President Donald Trump, with the Hungarian Order of Merit, Middle Cross, in recognition of his work to strengthen US-Hungarian relations and promote peace in the Middle East.

The ministry quoted Szijjártó as saying in his praise that Kushner was a ‘peace diplomat’ under the Abraham Accords, adding that relations between Hungary and the United States were at an all-time high during Trump’s presidency. , in which Kushner played an important role. .

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Szijjártó also said that the government places its foreign policy on the basis of mutual respect, and although he did not wish to comment in detail on the upcoming US midterm elections so as not to expose himself to the accusation of interference, he was a clear entrenchment for the Republican Party.

Szijjártó to speak with US companies on increasing presence in Hungary

Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will meet with top US business leaders in New York on Thursday to discuss increasing their companies’ presence in the Hungarian market. In the midst of recession, investment is the only instrument that can help sustain Hungary’s economic growth, especially as the country’s economic performance is heavily dependent on foreign investment projects and exports, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. foreigners in a press release.

The Minister is due to meet with the CEOs of Suez Water Technologies, Eaton Corporation and Oracle. American companies form the second largest group of foreign investors in Hungary, with 1,700 companies employing a total workforce of 110,000 people, Szijjártó said, adding that American companies excel in bringing high technology to Hungary.

Meanwhile, Szijjártó said the global fight against terrorism will be high on the agenda. The Minister said that terrorism remains a serious global threat, especially since the food crises triggered by the war in Ukraine could intensify the waves of migration, which terrorists take advantage of to cross borders.

Regarding international cooperation in peacekeeping, Hungary is more than its weight, Szijjarto said, adding that Hungarian troops are present in Iraq and ready to deploy in the Sahel region, while a regional office of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office is operational in Budapest. , he said.

The minister argued that the costs of counter-terrorism efforts should be covered by the UN budget. Szijjártó said he would meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday evening for talks on the war in Ukraine and bilateral cooperation in energy supply. “Let’s put dreams and illusions aside, the supply of natural gas and crude oil is a physical problem, and cooperation with Russia is essential for Hungary to guarantee its energy supply,” the minister added.

Source: MTI

Laura T. Thrasher