- - Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Ambassador April H. Foley’s cogent op-ed (“Orban in Washington,” Web, May 12) sets forth with great clarity why positive re-engagement by the United States in Central and Eastern Europe — most recently manifested by President Trump’s invitation of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to the White House this week — is welcome.

While Hungary has been a strong and reliable U.S. and NATO ally and classified a democratic country by the U.S. Department of State’s Country Report, it nevertheless has been shunned by Washington and subjected to a blitz of public criticism. The only result of this incessant public lecturing has been to demean, humiliate and alienate Hungarians, even those who are opponents of the current government.

This, in turn, has undermined U.S. strategic interests in the unity that is badly needed to confront significant challenges: The war against terrorists, an aggressive Russia and violations of minority rights that weaken regional stability and security.

Hopefully, President Trump’s recent meeting with Prime Minister Orban will serve to restore this much-desired unity and promote both U.S. and Hungarian interests.


President emeritus, American Hungarian Federation

Great Falls, Va.

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