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"The United States is a Friend of Hungary"

Sep 2, 2022

David Pressman, the diplomat nominated to head the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, arrived in the Hungarian capital Friday morning. “These are complicated times, and in complicated times, it is more important than ever for friends to pull each other closer. The United States is a friend of Hungary and of the Hungarian people,” he told […]

Hungarian Embassy Back in Kiev

May 2, 2022

Following similar moves by several other countries, the Hungarian Embassy to Ukraine, which had temporarily been moved to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, is now operating again in the Ukranian capital, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has announced. Security conditions are considered to be adequate, and "it makes sense for the […]

Japanese Government Recognition for József Király

Apr 29, 2022

The Government of Japan has announced the Spring 2022 Honors for foreigners, including an order of merit to József Király in Hungary. According to the statement, the Honorary President of the Kecskemét-Aomori Friendship Circle has been awarded ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays’ for his contribution to the promotion of regional […]

Hungarian Gov'nt Moves Embassy to Lviv from Kiev

Mar 3, 2022

The Hungarian government is temporarily relocating its embassy in Kiev to Lviv, Western Ukraine, due to the continuously deteriorating security situation, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced on Thursday. According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Minister told a meeting of Hungarian ambassadors that within the […]

Brazilian President Visits Budapest

Feb 17, 2022

Following a visit to Moscow, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was in the Hungarian capital this Thursday and held talks with Hungarian officials such as Presdient János Áder and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Hungary has a vested interest in close cooperation with Brazil. That is according to Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán who spoke after talks with […]

Kyrgyzstan Opens Embassy in Budapest

Oct 4, 2021

The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev jointly opened the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Budapest on Monday. In the context of the relations between Hungary and Kyrgyzstan, the Hungarian minister said it was important that there were no outstanding political issues between the two governments and […]

20 New Members of the V4 Capital Cities Association

Sep 17, 2021

The Municipality of Budapest, Political Capital and the CEU Institute for Democracy held a major annual international conference, the Budapest Forum on Building Sustainable Democracies. Taking place on the margins of the conference, the Pact of Free Cities mayors' summit saw the alliance expanded with new members. Held at the New Town Hall, the meeting […]

Hungarian Presidency of the Council of Europe

May 21, 2021

Hungary has taken over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from Germany during a video-conference meeting with representatives of the Organisation’s 47 member States. Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, gave an overview of his country’s achievements during its Presidency. The new Chair of the Committee […]

Spanish Ambassador Anunciada Fernández de Córdova with András Bacsó (second from the right)

Royal Spanish Recognition for Hungarian Winemaker

May 12, 2021

The Ambassador of Spain in Budapest has handed over the Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic granted by King Felipe VI of Spain to winemaker András Bacsó, the former director of the Tokaj Oremus Winery in Hungary. It was at the proposal of the Spanish Ambassador in Hungary, Anunciada Fernández de Córdova, that […]

Hungarian PM Congratulates President Biden

Jan 20, 2021

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has sent a congratulatory letter on the occasion of Joe Biden’s inauguration as President of the United States of America. In the letter, the Hungarian PM is of the view in the message that "the past four years have proved that friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between US and Hungary could bring […]

Agreement Reached on the EEA and Norway Grants

Dec 21, 2020

Norway has signed new memoranda of understanding with the Hungarian government on the EEA and Norway Grants, in which EUR 214.6 million in funding has been allocated to Hungary. However, the allocation of funds cannot begin until a fund operator for civil society funding is agreed upon. According to a statement by the Norwegian Ministry […]

King Salman Opens G20 Riyadh Summit

Nov 21, 2020

This week-end, Saudi Arabia hosts the closing event of the country's G20 Presidency. The Leaders' Summit, held online due to the pandemic and attended by the heads of state of G20 members as well as those of guestcountries and international organizations, was opened by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Welcoming the participants, King Salman […]

British ambassador Paul Fox

New British Ambassador in Hungary

Oct 16, 2020

Paul Fox, the United Kingdom’s new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary has handed over his credentials to János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary this Friday at Sándor Palace in the Buda Castle. Commenting on taking up his service in Hungary, Ambassador Fox said that "as Ambassador, I will do all I can in the […]

U.S. Ambassador David Cornstein

U.S. Ambassador to Leave Budapest Post

Sep 15, 2020

The American ambassador to Hungary, David Cornstein has announced on the Embassy website that he "will be stepping down as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary on November 1." He writes that "it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the country that I love in a country that I have come to cherish, but […]

U.S. President George H. W. Bush with Hungarian Prime Minister József Antall in White House's garden in October 1990

Statue to Honor George H. W. Bush in Budapest

Sep 6, 2020

A statue will be erected in honor of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, in Szabadság ('Liberty') Square in Budapest on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. According to a joint announcement by the Hungarian government and the U.S. […]

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