US secretary of state will dine with Hungarian leader before travelling to other countries

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has embarked on a tour of central European countries aimed at countering the influence of Russia and China, after a decade in which the region has been sidelined by US diplomacy.

Pompeo is in Budapest on Monday, where he will have several meetings before dining with Viktor Orbán, the country’s right-wing prime minister. Orbán was shunned under Barack Obama’s administration over his populist style and moves against media freedoms and the rule of law.

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