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13 February, 2019, 19:16 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • The measures are meant to encourage women to have more children and to reverse Hungary's population decline

"I want to make sure that the Slovakian people understand that America is engaged, we're back", he said at a brief ceremony at Slovakia's "Gate of Freedom" - a memorial on the banks of the Morava River at the Slovakian border with Austria that commemorates the 400 people killed at the borders of the former Czechoslovakia while attempting to escape the Iron Curtain between1945 and 1989.

Speaking in the Slovak capital of Bratislava, Pompeo said China and Russian Federation pose twin threats to the democratic and free-market gains made since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Pompeo, the first USA secretary of state to visit Slovakia in 14 years, will meet President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and a group of students on the half-day stop in Bratislava.

Hungary is the first stop in a trip by the U.S. diplomat to central Europe that also includes Slovakia and Poland and is part of what administration officials say is an effort to make up for a lack of USA engagement in the region that opened the door to more Chinese and Russian influence.

"It also makes it more hard for America to be present", Pompeo said.

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

Pompeo said he hoped to reverse what he called a decade of U.S. disengagement in Central and Eastern Europe that created a vacuum Russian Federation and China have exploited. He will wrap up the tour with brief stops in Belgium and Iceland.

"The U.S. side is using every possible means to fabricate unwarranted accusations and variations of this or that kind of "China threat theories" to threaten and sow discord between China and other countries", ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a news briefing in Beijing.

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Szijjarto drew parallels between the Trump administration and Orban government on curbing immigration, protecting Christians around the world and support for Israel.

China has said the United States is just trying to suppress a rising competitor.

Pompeo put the blame for much of the backsliding on a lack of US engagement. "We must recommit to our values again and again and again generation after generation to ensure that they live on".

Pompeo was given a list of concerns in a meeting with Hungarian civic leaders.

Legislation approved a year ago, for example, allows jail sentences for people convicted of aiding asylum-seekers.

Opposition leaders said the fines, which can not be challenged in Hungarian courts, were politically motivated and meant to hinder their campaigns for the European Parliament and municipal elections in Hungary later this year.

Orban's government has been targeted for criticism, including from the USA, for forcing a Budapest-based university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros to move most of its programs to Vienna.

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