A month after the election, President Barack Obama wrote a letter of congratulations to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Here is the English original.
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
Congratulations on your party’s strong showing in the April parliamentary election. I wish you all the best as you begin a new term in office and continue to bear the great responsibility that comes with leading your country.
The friendship and alliance between the United States and Hungary is built on our partnership as NATO allies and our cooperative efforts over the last two decades to build a Europe whole and free. I appreciate our strong bilateral ties and our shared commitment to advancing peace and security from the Balkans to Afghanistan.
It is important that the United States and Europe stand together for democratic principles, particularly in a time in which the peace and security of Europe is being tested. As we work with Ukraine to instill rule of law, transparency, respect for individual liberty, and a system of checks and balances, we must remain dedicated to the same ideals at home. I hope you will use your new term to recommit yourself to building Hungary’s democratic heritage.
Let me also take this opportunity to assure you of the importance I attach to our NATO alliance and the unwavering commitment of the United States to defending our shared security.
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The prime minister’s office decided not to release a translation of the original. Instead, the prime minister’s office released the following summary, which was subsequently published by MTI, the Hungarian news agency. I am reproducing MTI’s English version of the text.
The letter expressed Obama’s appreciation of bilateral ties and the two countries’ joint commitment to creating peace and security “from the Balkans to Afghanistan”, the press chief said.
The US president also called it important that his country and Europe were supporting democratic principles, especially in difficult times trying Europe’s peace and security.
Referring to Ukraine and international efforts to enforce a rule of law, transparency, freedom rights, as well as checks and balances in that country, he noted that it was just as important to retain all countries’ commitment to those ideals, Havasi said.
Obama voiced hope that Orban would use his position to renew his commitment to further building Hungary’s democratic heritage, Havasi cited the letter as saying.
Obama also assured Orban of his country’s commitment to NATO and to protecting the security of all members states, Havasi added.