The United States and Hungary share a rich cultural heritage but a relatively young—though highly important—geopolitical relationship, which has been interrupted by two world wars and a generation during which Hungary struggled to extricate itself from the Soviet sphere of influence. In 1978, the United States extended most-favored-nation status to Hungary and began a process of assisting its move toward a free market economy.
As the Cold War ended, America provided hundreds of millions of dollars to assist economic development and democratic processes in Hungary and welcomed its membership into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in April of 1999. Five years later, the US Government supported Hungary’s accession to the European Union, and the two nations continue to benefit from strong alliances on both sides of the Atlantic.
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