Secretary Pompeo traveled to Budapest, Hungary, on February 11 -- the first stop in a five-day trip to Europe that will also include visits to Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik.
.@SecPompeo arrives in Budapest to meet with #Hungary's Prime Minister Orban, Foreign Minister Szijjarto, and Defense Minister Benko to discuss defense cooperation, security, support for Ukraine, and ways to counter Russian and Chinese influence & strengthen the Western alliance. pic.twitter.com/vh1S6sxyA4— Department of State (@StateDept) February 11, 2019
I had a very good meeting with FM Szijjártó. We discussed many issues, including energy diversification, defense cooperation, @NATO, #Ukraine, trade relations, and democratic values. Thank you for hosting me. pic.twitter.com/vrXwyeFvUy— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 11, 2019
Met with Defense Minister Benkő and thanked Hungary for its ongoing efforts to support our alliance and shared commitment to @NATO. We look forward to deepening our defense cooperation. pic.twitter.com/2Y8tauZDR8— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 12, 2019
While in Hungary, the Secretary met with a group of civil society leaders.
Met with Hungarian civil society leaders today to discuss our shared commitment to liberty. Topics included transparency, rule of law, media freedom and more. Thanks to @hhc_helsinki, @HCLU, and @k_monitor for a great meeting. pic.twitter.com/UzTPlkkt7R— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 11, 2019
Secretary Pompeo recognized the 30th anniversary of the end of communism, which will be a theme in all three of his trip's Central Europe stops.
Pleased to see our Hungarian friends honor President Reagan. He was a fighter for liberty, and so are Hungarians. #Hungary was the 1st communist country to start tearing down the Iron Curtain 30 years ago. pic.twitter.com/rCeaMPleQr— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 11, 2019
Secretary Pompeo also took a moment to visit and thank staff at the U.S. Embassy for their work.
For more information:
- Readout of Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Hungarian Prime Minister Orban
- Readout of Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Hungarian Defense Minister Benko
- Secretary Pompeo's remarks at a press Availability With Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto
- Secretary Pompeo's Travel to Hungary and Slovakia: Honoring Shared History and Building for a Shared Future
- Previewing Secretary Pompeo's Trip to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik