At a session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday, October 28, Hungary was elected member of the UN Human Rights Council for 2017-2019. Joining Hungary on the Human Rights Council as representatives of Central and Eastern Europe will be Croatia.
Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi reaches out to the Hungarian-American community as the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight approaches to announce commemorative events the Hungarian embassy will be organizing in honor of this year’s celebrations.
On his visit to the United States, Minister of Defense of Hungary István Simicskó met with Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard Major General Mark E. Bartman on Thursday, October 13.
On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight, the Ambassador of Hungary to the United States, Dr. Réka Szemerkényi is hosting a black-tie Gala Dinner to honor the bravery and the values of the young Hungarian freedom fighters of 1956.
The Washington Redskins honored Hungarian-born former NFL kickers Pete and Charlie Gogolak on Sunday, October 16 with a special halftime ceremony on the field that included the presentation of a customized Redskins jersey to Charlie Gogolak and the presentation of the official game day football to Pete Gogolak. Hungarian Minister of National Development Dr. Miklós Seszták, Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi, 56er and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Hungary Dr. Jenő Megyesy, and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian National Assembly Zsolt Németh were also in attendance and presented the Gogolak brothers with a gift on behalf of the Government of Hungary.
Minister of Defense of Hungary István Simicskó visited Washington, DC from October 10-14 and met with US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. Minister Simicskó also delivered the keynote address at a symposium held at the prestigious National Defense University in commemoration of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight on Wednesday, October 13.
Representatives Ed Royce, Marcy Kaptur, Dennis Ross and French Hill each delivered special video messages in support and commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight.
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On Wednesday, October 5, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced Hungary will open a €5 million preferential, long-term and low-interest credit line to support reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. Hungary’s contribution is part of a global effort aimed at raising $15 billion in international support for Aghanistan. To date, over 70 governments including the United States and other EU member countries have contributed to the fund.
On October 6, 1849, the 13 Martyrs of Arad, the national heroes of the 1848 Revolution and War who fought for independence from the Hapsburg Empire, were executed in the city of Arad (now Romania). Commemorated in Hungary as a national day of bereavement, the nation's first Prime Minister, Count Lajos Batthyány, was also executed in Pest.