– says his former fellow musician András Simonyi about future US Secretary of State Joe Biden about Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The 68-year-old Hungarian diplomat, who was Hungarian Ambassador to Washington from 2002 to 2007 and is at the moment a senior investigator on the Atlantic Council within the U.S. capital, instructed Index that of their joint bond the Coalition of The Keen performed music welcome because it linked diplomacy and rock music that was standard in each nations:
Based in 2004, the Coalition of The Keen refers to US President George W. Bush’s struggle in Iraq the earlier 12 months; all taking part nations, together with Hungary, had been referred to as the coalition of the keen.
– Simonyi, who mentioned he belonged to the Omega and LGT bands and was good buddies with Gábor Presser, who, nevertheless, instructed him to go to school as an alternative of a profession in rock music, revives the band’s grin. That was in 1970.
Within the Washington band, which primarily consisted of diplomats, they carried out alongside Simonyi and Blinken (each: guitar, vocals) as
Within the video proven right here, Simonyi is taking part in guitar in a white shirt and pants, and to his left is an aspiring US Secretary of State.
The band grew to become a widely known actor within the Washington music scene. Simonyi, who remains to be in contact with Blinken at present, believes that Blinken’s creativity in music might be mirrored sooner or later US overseas coverage. Nonetheless, he attaches solely average significance to the truth that Blinken (via his mom) additionally has an attachment in Hungary.
– says the musician-diplomat, however he believes that
– says András Simonyi referring to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Joe Biden, now 58, whose father, Donald Blinken, was the U.S. Democratic Ambassador to the Democratic Social gathering between 1994 and 1997, headed the Senate’s International Affairs Committee when the Coalition of The Keen was shaped. The committee was then headed by Joe Biden. Blinken additionally labored instantly with Biden as a nationwide safety guide from 2009 to 2013, when the latter was Barack Obama’s vp.
(Cowl photograph: Antony Blinken. Picture: Mark Makela / Getty Photos)