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Newsline: Hungary to open embassy in Uganda

Uganda has formally accepted a request from Hungary to open a Diplomatic Mission at the level of Charge D’Affaires in Kampala in the near future. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa, revealed the new development during a meeting with Hungary’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frenc Dancs, at the ministry’s offices in Kampala. Kutesa, according to a press release, recalled that he had had an opportunity to meet with the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September.



Newsline: Hungary plans to reopen embassy in Libya

The Libyan government said that Hungary prepares to reopen its embassy in the country. The announcement came after a meeting between UN-backed deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq and Hungarian Ambassador to Libya Bela Marton in the capital Tripoli, media office of the prime minister said in a statement. Marton said Hungary will send a technical team in November to prepare for the return of the Hungarian Embassy in Tripoli. Foreign missions in Libya evacuated from Tripoli in 2014 after violence erupted between rival armed groups, which eventually resulted in the current political division.


Newsline: Hungary pulls ambassador from Netherlands

Hungary has pulled its ambassador out of the Netherlands, in response to criticism by the outgoing Dutch ambassador in Hungary. Gajus Scheltema reportedly criticised Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s government in a magazine interview, comparing its rhetoric to that of Islamic terrorists, and sparking the row. According to the ANP, Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó announced on that ‘contacts at an ambassadorial level have been suspended indefinitely’, and said Scheltema had overstepped the boundaries of his role. Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders distanced himself from the ambassador’s reported comments.


Newsline: Hungary summons Canadian ambassador in diplomatic spat

Relations between Canada and NATO ally Hungary got a bit testy this week, after the Hungarian foreign ministry summoned Canada’s ambassador to the country to chastise her over public statements expressing concern about the fate of a Budapest university and academic freedom in the country. The Hungarian government has recently introduced a new law on higher education that some observers believe targets the Central European University (CEU), founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros in 1991 and led by former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Michael Ignatieff. Ignatieff, who is the rector and president of CEU, has waged a fierce public relations battle opposing the new rules and has called on the European Union and the Washington to intervene on behalf of the university.


Newsline: Hungary summons top US diplomat over civil society remarks

Hungary’s foreign ministry has summoned the US charge d’affaires, Andre Goodfriend, to discuss comments made recently by US President Barack Obama about the situation of civil society in Hungary. Deputy state secretary at the ministry Levente Magyar told Goodfriend that the Hungarian government believed US statements regarding civil society in Hungary were “lacking factual basis”. US statements which offer a distorted image and portray a single legal procedure as if it were an intimidation of the civil sector will not help fact-based dialogue, which Hungary advocates, but gives way to being interpreted as political pressure, the statement said. Goodfriend told ATV that it was the US embassy in Budapest that supplied the US administration with information about the situation of civil society in Hungary. In an address given recently at a conference, US President Barack Obama mentioned Hungary among countries which restrict civil society.


Newsline: Estonia closing Budapest embassy

Estonia will close its embassy in Budapest, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet announced in Tallinn, saying this is the appropriate step. Hungary announced two weeks ago that it will close its embassies in Tallinn and Nicosia this year. The Estonian embassy will continue to function until September 30.


Newsline: Hungary dismayed as Romania bars new consulates

Romania has rejected Hungary’s application to open consular offices in Oradea (Hungarian name: Nagyvárad) and Targu Mures (Marosvásárhely). A spokeswoman for Hungary’s Foreign Ministry said the decision is “incomprehensible” because Romania has not given any substantive explanation and Hungary has never rejected a similar request by a foreign country. She said the decision went against European practices. Hungary has an embassy in Bucharest and consulates in Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda) and Cluj (Kolozsvár).