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Foreign Minister Kubiš and State Secretary Rice discuss visas

Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš opened the visa issue at a meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington. He stressed how important it was for Slovakia to have a visa-free regime with the US and praised President George Bush's initiative in the matter.

Though the diplomats did not speak about specific dates, Rice said the visa-free regime is a priority for the US administration. She said Bush is directly and personally interested in the matter.

Kubiš will meet today and tomorrow with several members of the Senate and the Congress and intends to speak about the inclusion of Slovakia in the US visa waiver program.

Kubiš said his impression from the meeting with Rice was very positive.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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