Doyen of the Hungarian Parliament, Prof. János Horváth and the Honorable Mónika Bartos paid an official visit to Washington, DC where they joined the Hungarian American community for the national day commemorations and had a number of official meetings at the State Department.

During their stay in Washington, the parliamentary delegation paid homage to the Hungarian Governor and revolutionary leader Lajos Kossuth by laying a wreath at his bust at the United States Capitol and the Kossuth House, accompanied by Ambassador György Szapáry and members of the Kossuth Lajos Koszorúja Alapítvány (Wreath of Kossuth Lajos Foundation) from Miskolc, who came to the United States to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Kossuth’s official visit and fundraising tour in the United States in 1852.

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Professor János Horváth also gave a lecture at the KossuthHouse entitled “The Spirit of our Age”: Hungary’s Rebirth from a Legislative Perspective”.

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The delegation, accompanied by Ambassador György Szapáry and members of the delegation of the Kossuth Lajos Koszorúja Alapítvány also laid a wreath in the United States Capitol at the bust of Raoul Wallenberg, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

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On March 15th, in his speech to hundreds of guests at the Hungarian Embassy’s national day reception, Prof. Horváth highlighted the common thread of freedom that binds Hungary and America together, symbolized by Kossuth himself. He also welcomed Hungarian-Americans who now have a special opportunity to apply for Hungarian citizenship. “Dual citizenship is an asset”, he said, “we only become better Americans by affirming our Hungarian origins. Hungarian and American citizenship are not mutually exclusive, they are mutually reinforcing the best traits of each nation through a synergistic relationship of which I myself am a testament.”

Hungarian Ambassador György Szapáry in his speech highlighted the 90th anniversary of Hungarian-American diplomatic relations as well as the historic relationship of our two countries which goes back several centuries. “As Hungary attempted to establish an independent government, President Zachary Taylor and many other U.S. officials publicly supported Hungarian independence, while many private individuals supported the Hungarians financially and some enlisted in arms. If it was not for the United States, Kossuth, our great national hero might have easily died in prison after the revolution was crushed.”

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Prof Horváth and Representative Bartos also met with Deputy Assistant Secretaries Jovanovich and Melia as well as advisor to Secretary of State, Tomicah Tillemann to discuss Hungarian-American bilateral issues.