Dzurinda proposes abolishment of visa regime to US congressman

SLOVAK Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda proposed that the US abolish visa requirements for Slovaks in talks with US Congressman and NATO Parliamentary President Doug Bereuter.

The event took place on the sidelines of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly session held between May 27 and June 2, the news wire TASR reported.

"I am confident that we meet the criteria and that America need not fear us," Dzurinda told reporters.

Dzurinda believes that Bereuter's appeal to member countries earlier in the day to reinforce their engagement in the alliance's mission in Afghanistan did not refer to Slovakia, which recently added new troops to its military unit long present in the area.

Slovakia backs the expansion of NATO by other countries, namely Croatia, Macedonia, and Albania. "The more countries there are in the group the better for all of its members - individual countries as well as the alliance as a whole," said Dzurinda.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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