May I welcome You to the Sándor Palace. Thank you very much for coming to Budapest to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. Mr.President! Your visit is a personal gesture and dignifying prelude to the celebrations later this year which will be attended by more than fifty heads of state and government here in Budapest. Your visit today in Hungary underlines the importance of 1956, how important it was from the point view of global history. At the same time, it also highlights the importance of both values for which the Hungarians and Hungary faught in 1956. These are freedom, liberty, democracy, human rights and national self-determination.
And so, the United States of America and Hungary belong to the same community of common values. This is the foundation of the fact that now we are allies. And this is also gave a foundation to the fact that after crushing the 1956 revolution the United States of America admitted more than 35000 Hungarian refugees. For that, Mr.President I wish to express my special thanks.
These values constitute the foundation of our alliance. It also means obligation for us. It also means that have got to represent that in an authentic way. And that was also the secret to Hungary’s successful process of democratization and the fact that even under the extraordinary international circumstances we insisted on observing constitution and the law. It is my firm believe that our common responsibility is to fight terrorism but this fight can be successful only if every steps and the measures taken are in line with international law. That is why it is my special pleasure to welcome the Vienna Declaration. We are aware of the fact and the various assistance the United States of America contributed and helped that this country and the countries of this region that democracy should be able to take roots.
And there are many examples not even known to the general public in the course of our discussions Mr.President I would like to give you a couple of examples for that. And also would like to speak about our common responsibility for the future generation as far also a sustainable global grow and also mention a few words about the visa.