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MHN Reception with His Excellency the Hon Peter Medgyessy, Prime Minister of Hungary (June 24, 2004)


2004-06-24

Reception with His Excellency, the Honorable Peter Medgyessy, Prime Minister of Hungary and the Board and Council of the Manhattan Hungarian Network in New York on Thursday, June 24, 2004.

For PHOTOS of this event, click on the two links at end of this page.

For PRESS on this event, see below.

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Article in MTI Hungarian Newswire discussing the Prime Minister's trip and meeting with MHN:

Medgyessy Péter miniszterelnök New Yorkban és Washingtonban élő fiatal magyar értelmiségiekkel találkozott - MTI
2004.06.25 07:00 MTI

A két amerikai nagyvárosban élő fiatalok, egyetemisták, kutatók, mérnökök és üzletemberek tavaly hoztak létre egy-egy szervezetet a kapcsolattartásra, valamint azzal a céllal, hogy miként segíthetik tapasztalataikkal és tudásukkal Magyarországot Amerikából. A két szervezet, a New York-i Manhattan Hungarian Network és a washingtoni Homecoming Forum...ismertette a magyar kormányfővel és küldöttségével célkitűzéseiket, majd kérdéseket tettek fel, amelyekre Medgyessy Péter és a delegáció más tagjai válaszoltak.

A kormányfő példaként említette Oláh Györgyöt, a Kaliforniában élő Nobel-díjas tudóst, akivel mostani látogatásán csak telefonon tudott beszélni, de Magyarországon két alkalommal is találkoztak. Oláh György rendkívül büszke magyarországi iskoláira, ugyanakkor a tudományos pályájának a csúcsára Amerikában juthatott fel.

Medgyessy Péter felelevenítette kínai látogatását, a pekingi egyetemen szerzett élményeit is. Elmondta, hogy az egyetem melletti kutatási-fejlesztési központban 20 ezer olyan fiatal dolgozik, akik az Egyesült Államokban folytatták tanulmányaikat, majd visszatértek Kínába, hogy otthon kamatoztassák tudásukat. Medgyessy Péter végezetül kijelentette, hogy mindenki ott boldoguljon, ahol tud, csak legyen büszke hazájára, most, hogy már jó magyarnak lenni. Medgyessy Péter és az őt kísérő küldöttség az esti órákban elutazott New Yorkból.
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Embassy of Hungary News Archives
June 25, 2004
Prime Minister Concludes U.S. Visit


Washington -- Hungarian Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy has concluded an official visit to the United States at the invitation of President George W. Bush between June 19-24, 2004. Prime Minister Medgyessy arrived in San Francisco June 19 for a round of discussions with business leaders in the IT industry and paid a visit to IT giants Oracle and Solectron's corporate headquarters. Both companies have significant investments in Hungary. The Prime Minister was hosted in San Francisco by Congressman Tom Lantos (D-Ca. and his wife, Annette.


In Washington, DC, Prime Minister Medgyessy met with President George W. Bush at the White House, as well as Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson on June 22. The Prime Minister attended a reception held in his honor at the Capitol. The Prime Minister visited IBM's e-Government Center in Washington and hosted a meeting for American business leaders at the recently opened Hungarian Technology Center (HTEC) in Vienna, VA, on June 23.

The meeting brought together a large number of technology companies from the U.S. and Hungary. Mr. Medgyessy made clear in his speech that it is our intention to maintain strong business ties with the U.S. built on the Hungarian science industry and combine that with American venture capital. He had separate meetings with the representatives of Exxon Corp., GE, EDS, and others on their recent investments in Hungary. The Hungarian delegation also included György Csepeli, second in command at the Ministry of Informatics and Communications, as well as Miklós Boda, president of the Hungarian Science Board.

In New York, Prime Minister Medgyessy met with New York state Governor George E. Pataki and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan on June 24. At separate award ceremonies held at the Consulate General of Hungary, he honored distinguished author and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger by presenting them with the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary on behalf of Hungarian President Ferenc Mádl.

Before returning to Hungary, the Prime Minister also met with young Hungarian professional organizations in Washington, DC, (Homecoming Forum), Boston, and New York (Manhattan Hungarian Network).

The First Lady, Laura Bush, attended a luncheon with the Prime Minister's wife, Katalin Medgyessy, hosted by the wife of Ambassador Simonyi, Náda Peják. The luncheon, where Hungarian meals and wines were served, was also attended by Ms. Alma Powell, wife of the Secretary of State, and Amb. Nancy Brinker, former U.S. ambassador to Hungary.


The Prime Minister honored Mr. Elie Wiesel and Mr. Henry Kissinger. Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate, is of Hungarian descent. In his speech, delivered partly in Hungarian, he described the horrors of the Hungarian Holocaust but also his deep affection as a child towards Hungary and Hungarian culture, which made his plight even sadder. Mr. Wiesel called on Hungary to continue its efforts against anti-Semitism, and any forms of discrimination. Mr. Kissinger was honored for his long-standing support for the freedom of Central and Eastern Europe that had earlier been under Soviet domination.
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PHOTOS: Prime Minister Peter Medgyessy Meets with Board and Council of Manhattan Hungarian Network






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