State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations Péter Szijjártó was visiting Washington, where he met senior managers from GE, Delphi, Citigroup and Oracle companies, leaders of scientific institutions, think tanks and Jewish organizations.
Péter Szijjártó presented the 10-point Job Protection Action Plan to the senior management from GE, Delphi, Citigroup and Oracle companies. These groups are also present in Hungary and seek to further extend their activities. Szijjártó put forward that the action plan aims at creating Europe’s most competitive investment environment in Hungary. Representatives of the US companies showed particular interest in the Hungarian tax-system and in red tape reduction measures.
During his three-day visit in Washington the State Secretary met Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Marie Yovanovitch and Thomas O. Melia, Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton Tomicah Tillemann as well as leaders of international Jewish organizations and the heads of the most significant scientific institutions.
He said, during their discussions they had agreed that several of their interests coincided. For example they were both interested in building a strong NATO as well as in forging closer ties with Asia. The State Secretary also mentioned that Hungary provides support for the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Western Balkans while the stability of the region is also of key importance for the United States.
Szijjártó has also met former diplomats, think tank policy advisors and journalists to brief them about the Hungarian government's achievements over the past two years. "They were essentially interested in decisions concerning Hungary’s renewal process", he said.