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Hungary's education official says supports Soros university

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo Hungarian born US billionaire and investor George Soros is pictured ahead of the start of his five-day-long lecture at the Central European University, CEU, in Budapest, Hungary. Hungary's education secretary says the government supports the work in the country of a university founded by Soros, considered an ideological opponent by Prime Minister Viktor Orban. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky, file)

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo Hungarian born US billionaire and investor George Soros is pictured ahead of the start of his five-day-long lecture at the Central European University, CEU, in Budapest, Hungary. Hungary's education secretary says the government supports the work in the country of a university founded by Soros, considered an ideological opponent by Prime Minister Viktor Orban. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky, file)  (The Associated Press)

Hungary's education secretary says the government supports the work in the country of a university founded by Hungarian-born billionaire philanthropist George Soros, considered an ideological opponent by Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Laszlo Palkovics said Wednesday that the government will back an international agreement with the United States needed by the Central European University to continue its activities, and does not want the CEU, founded in 1991, to leave Hungary.

Palkovics said that the amendments were proposed after a review of 28 foreign universities operating in Hungary. He said "this is not an anti-CEU investigation and not against Mr. Soros."

The U.S. Embassy in Budapest said it was "very concerned about the legislation proposed" and opposed to "any effort to compromise the operations or independence of the university."