Speaking at a press conference in Budapest following the release of 2016’s foreign trade data, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó highlighted Hungary’s record-breaking trade volume and unprecedented trade surplus.
The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, January 8 that killed four Israeli soldiers and injured many more.
In a letter of condolence to Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán conveyed his sympathies to the families of the victims of the New Year’s Eve terrorist attack in Istanbul and wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured.
Reacting to news of the attack on the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto condemned the act of terrorism as an assault on the diplomatic community and expressed their condolences on behalf of Hungary to the Russian people and the family members of the victim. Russian Ambassador to Turkey, 62-year-old Andrey Karlov, died on Monday following an attack by a gunman while opening an Embassy-sponsored exhibition at Ankara’s Gallery of Contemporary Art.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó both sent letters of condolence to German Chancellor Angela Merkel following the attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 and injured many others.
The Prime Ministers of the Visegrád Group countries (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic) convening in Brussels December 15, 2016, on the margins of the European Council meeting, adopted a Joint Statement on migration, security, Ukraine and the digital single market.
Speaking to media following a two-day meeting of the Foreign Ministers of NATO Member States in Brussels on December 5-6, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó indicated Hungary’s intention to strengthen the “European leg” of the organization and to push for a greater NATO role in countering the migration crisis and terrorism.
The Government of Hungary strongly rebuked a press statement released by the US Department of State in Washington, DC concerning the recent sentencing by a Hungarian court of Syrian native Ahmed Hamed who was involved in the attacks on Hungarian police at the Hungarian-Serbian border in September 2015. In an official statement, the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister responded, calling the State Department’s comments "inappropriate and hypocritical.”
On Wednesday, November 30, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Hungarian Diaspora Council in Budapest. The Prime Minister emphasized the successes of the rapidly expanding Hungarian economy and laid out a road path for diaspora outreach policies for the next five years.
On Wednesday, November 23, US-based medical technology company Becton Dickinson announced a new investment project in the Hungarian city of Tatabanya to increase production capacity. The investment is expected to create an additional 219 new jobs.