According to Foreign Policy, two NATO allies – Turkey and Hungary – have been excluded from the invitation list for the US-led Democracy Summit. Although the organisers have stated that they are committed to strengthening relations with both countries and consider them important NATO allies, Hungary was still not invited to the event.
The summit, scheduled for March 28-30, will take place in Washington and four partner countries, with US President Joe Biden among the attendees. The event will focus on issues such as combating authoritarian regimes, fighting corruption, and promoting human rights.
Hungary had also not been invited to a similar democracy summit held a year and a half ago, which resulted in criticism from its foreign minister Péter Szijjártó, who said that the country’s democracy should not be judged as if it were a graduation exam.