Áder sent his best wishes to Barack Obama and the people of the United States of America in the letter published on the Presidential Office website. The American nation can always rely on Hungary when it comes to defending the two countries’ common values and facing new challenges, he wrote. Hungarians and Americans are linked by a long history of friendship and the two countries are close allies with a shared interest in further strengthening transatlantic cooperation, the letter said. Both counties have much to gain from expanding bilateral trade and intensifying business connections, he said, adding that Hungarians “truly appreciate” the commitment of Americans to the ideals of liberty, the freedom of thought and speech, as well as the crucial role of the US in the struggle against tyranny, oppression and dictatorship. Hungarians are also aware of the vital contribution made by Americans to protecting peace and security, as well as fighting violent extremism. He also welcomed the leadership of the US in promoting sustainable development and mitigating the effects of climate change.