11 C
petek, 16 aprila, 2021

PM Orban: Every Hungarian knows that America is the land of freedom

Hungarians have always thought of the United States as the homeland of freedom, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday at the inauguration of the statue of late US President George H. W. Bush at Budapest’s Liberty Square.

Every Hungarian knows that America is the land of freedom, a country that welcomed Lajos Kossuth with sincere love, and the building of the US embassy in Budapest’s Szabadság (Liberty) Square has provided refuge for Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty for 15 years, the Hungarian prime minister said.

For “those who are little aware” of this fact, he pointed out that while the monument of German occupation stood at one end of Szabadság Square, the monument of Soviet occupation was erected at the other end. The message is clear: if you are Hungarian, you can only choose between two options: you either stand by the occupiers, or by freedom.

Today, “we pay tribute with a statue to our friend George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States,” Viktor Orban said. A few years ago, the statue of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president was also erected on Liberty Square. Referring to that, PM Orban said: “Here, on this square, there are two Americas who jointly launched a fight against world communism.”

In his closing remarks, the Hungarian premier recalled that during President Bush’s visit to Budapest, a little girl asked him about the three things he would wish for Hungarian children. Freedom, happiness and a long life, he replied.

“So be it! God bless America and Hungary!” Viktor Orban said, concluding his speech.

US ambassador to Budapest David B. Cornstein also recalled the inauguration of Ronald Reagan’s statue on Liberty Square nine years ago. Today, we honour “another American hero of freedom, President George Herbert Walker Bush, and there could be no more appropriate location than here on Liberty Square, so close both to President Reagan and to the US Embassy,” he said, adding that the artwork is a symbol of US-Hungarian bilateral relations and optimism about the future.

The “desire for freedom had never left the Hungarian people, and the collapse of communism in 1989 brought a new dawn to the hopes of freedom-loving people here and everywhere. President Bush’s visit to Hungary in July 1989 was a symbol of that hope,” the ambassador said.

The outgoing ambassador was awarded the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Hungarian Order of Merit by Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Speaking at the ceremony, Viktor Orban stressed that everything changed with the election of Donald Trump and the arrival of David B. Cornstein, and Hungary felt openness, honesty, and a friendly approach on part of the United States. Thanks to the ambassador’s work, Hungarian-US relations have regained their old shine, he noted.

Viktor Orban emphasized that “we root for another victory for US President Donald Trump and extend congratulations on the appointment of the new US Supreme Court judge”.


Latest news

The Slovenian Association of Patriotic Journalists strongly condemns the attack on the Nova24TV media house

By: Slovenian Association of Patriotic Journalists The Slovenian Association of Patriotic Journalists condemns the attack on the building where Nova24TV has its headquarters. As is...

Miklós Szánthó: “Today, the Enemies of Liberalism Are the Friends of Democracy”

By: Bogdan Sajovic Miklós Szánthó is the director of the Center for Fundamental Rights. Among other things, we talked about political correctness, cultural Marxism, the...

Viktor Orban: left cannot overcome its hunger for power

By: V4 Agency The Hungarian political left cannot overcome its hunger for power and is behaving in a way that is unparalleled anywhere else in...

Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti discusses media freedom, STA with CoE commissioner

By: P.T.,STA Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti held an online talk with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović on Wednesday to discuss media...

Related news

Viktor Orban: left cannot overcome its hunger for power

By: V4 Agency The Hungarian political left cannot overcome its hunger for power and is behaving in a way that is unparalleled anywhere else in...

Statue to commemorate beheaded teacher

By: V4 Agency The artwork will be installed above the entrance of the teacher's school and is expected to be unveiled on the first anniversary...

School association accused of Islamophobia for prioritising students’ health

By: V4 Agency The Milan school cooperative has raised objections against forcing Ramadan rules on children, arguing that the day-long fasting has a negative impact...

CNN coverage driven by Covid fears

By: V4 Agency The American investigative portal Project Veritas has released another undercover video featuring CNN's technical director. This time, Charlie Chester speaks about how...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here