USA wants Hungary to "stop Huawei"

Clay Curtis
February 13, 2019

"If that equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more hard for us to partner alongside them", Pompeo told reporters in Budapest on Monday, when asked what message he would send about Huawei. "That is, if that equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more hard for us to partner alongside them".

He said that the U.S. was particularly concerned about a growing Chinese presence in the region and warned European allies against using technology from Huawei in their communications networks, saying it would make it more hard for Washington to "partner alongside them".

He said: "We want to make sure we identify to them the opportunities and the risks of using that equipment".

Orban then turned his attention to May's European Parliament elections, repeating his accusation that the leadership of the European Union wants to fill the continent with migrants, a lot of them Muslim. It says its technologies serve 70 percent of Hungarians and that it cooperates with most telecoms providers in Hungary, including state-owned enterprises.

In Hungary, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto welcomed Pompeo's calls for closer ties and promised more defence cooperation but brushed off the criticism on relations with Russian Federation and China.

Budapest's nationalist government, like Poland's largely isolated politically in the European Union, hopes to buy mid-range air defence capabilities from the United States.

Last month, the country's director of sales at Huawei was arrested along with a senior Polish security official on charges of espionage. Both men have denied wrongdoing.

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"A moment when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality , and increase our mass", Williamson will say. He added: "To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger".

Pompeo said he hoped to reverse what he called a decade of US disengagement in Central Europe that created a vacuum Russian Federation and China have exploited.

"Cooperation with Russian Federation or China that does not harm us", the Hungarian official said. "It has even made naked threats and provocations against China's relations with other countries, damaging the rights and interests of legitimate development and cooperation with Chinese companies", said spokesperson Hua Chunying.

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 said this on Monday during his visit to Hungary, Tanjug is reporting, citing AP.

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

"I hereby announce that women who have given birth to and raised a minimum of four children will be exempt from the payment of personal income tax for the rest of their lives", Orban said near the end of his speech.

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

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