Secretary Pompeo kicks-off five nation trip in Central Europe


"We have seen this all around the world, it also makes it more hard for America to be present", Pompeo was quoted by Reuters as saying. It also makes it more hard for America to be present.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cautioned allies on Monday against deploying equipment from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on their soil, saying it would make it more hard for Washington to "partner alongside them". "What is imperative is that we share with them the things we know about the risks that Huawei's presence in their networks present - actual risks to their people, to the loss of privacy protections for their own people, to the risk that China will use this in a way that is not in the best interest of Hungary". They will get personal income tax exemption for a lifetime.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto welcomed Pompeo's calls for closer ties and promised more defence cooperation but also brushed off the criticism on relations with Russian Federation and China. Both men have denied wrongdoing.

Pompeo heads later Tuesday to Poland, where he is co-hosting a conference on the Middle East that will promote President Donald Trump's hard line on Iran and strong support for Israel.

Hungary gets most of its gas from Russian Federation and its main domestic source of electricity is the Paks nuclear power plant where Russia's Rosatom is involved in a 12.5 billion-euro ($14 billion) expansion.

Mr Orban, who was elected for a third consecutive term in April, said the initiative is meant to "ensure the survival of the Hungarian nation".

"We have to understand that the European peoples have come to a historical crossroads", Orban said.

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Later in the day, the Chinese Foreign Ministry also refuted Washington's "China threat" statement, saying this behavior is "neither fair nor moral". "We believe our friendly cooperation does not target or effect any other countries and we also hope the development of China-Hungary relations will not be disrupted by any other country".

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his annual "State of Hungary" speech in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday invoked the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central and Eastern Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence.

"So numerous concerns that are voiced are things that have happened in the absence of America being engaged", he told reporters.

"This is the Hungarians" answer, not immigration, ' Mr Orban said.

"Hungary's government and President Donald Trump's administration represent an identical, or very similar, approaches in both general political and numerous global political issues", he said.