On Wednesday, May 4th, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó affirmed his optimism that a bilateral agreement providing for the continued operation of US universities in Hungary can be reached with the United States government.

Speaking at an impromptu press conference in Budapest on the subject of the recently adopted legislative amendment on the Act of Higher Education affecting foreign universities in Hungary, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that bilateral negotiations would greatly benefit from the appointment of a lead US negotiator.

“The appointment of the US negotiator could determine whether there is openness and goodwill to reach an agreement, in view of the fact that an interstate or inter-governmental agreement requires a negotiating partner who possesses a suitable mandate for concluding an agreement between the governments of the two countries,” said Szijjártó.

The Foreign Minister also indicated that he sees no reason why a bilateral agreement could not be reached with these “outstanding American universities” in wake of the successful conclusion of similar accords with Malaysia, Thailand and China.

The Foreign Minister has previously publicly pledged full cooperation with a fact-finding mission dispatched from the US Department of State to learn further details about the recent amendment of the Act on Higher Education.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)