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A roundup of recent US-Slovak relations

September 14, 2004 - The situation in Iraq, the war on terrorism and bilateral relations were topics on the agenda for this quick visit to Bratislava by US Deputy Foreign Minister Richard Armitage. He met Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan and Speaker of Parliament Pavol Hrušovský.

September 14, 2004 - The situation in Iraq, the war on terrorism and bilateral relations were topics on the agenda for this quick visit to Bratislava by US Deputy Foreign Minister Richard Armitage. He met Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan and Speaker of Parliament Pavol Hrušovský.

March 31, 2004 - US and Slovak Defence Ministers Donald Rumsfeld and Juraj Liška met at the Pentagon on the occasion Slovakia's submission of NATO ratification documents. Slovakia announced that it was not considering withdrawing its troops from operation Iraqi Freedom.

March 29, 2004 - Slovakia joined NATO when the prime ministers of seven new member countries, including Slovakia, submitted ratification documents to the US government in Washington. Defence Minister Liška accompanied Slovak Prime Minister Dzurinda. The Slovak officials also met US President George Bush.

May 8, 2003 - The US Senate unanimously approved the accession of seven countries into NATO - Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania.

April 6 - 14, 2003- President Rudolf Schuster visited Canada and the USA. Schuster also met US President Bush in the Oval Office in the White House. Bush appreciated and thanked Schuster and Slovakia for its support on Iraq.

February 2, 2003 - The Slovak parliament approved sending a special army unit to Kuwait and Iraq. United Nations approval for starting an international military operation was set as a condition for this decision.

November 22, 2002 - US Defence Minister Donald Rumsfeld visited Slovakia. He talked with Slovak officials on restructuring the Slovak army and Slovakia's recent invitation to join NATO.

June 5 - 9, 2002 - During an official visit to Canada, President Schuster spent one day in the USA (June 7) and met with President Bush. Expanding NATO as well as US-Slovak bilateral relations dominated the talks.

January 25 - 31, 2002 - For the first time in history a Slovak speaker of parliament officially visited the USA. Speaker Jozef Migaš met the Chairman of the House of Representatives of the US Congress, Dennis Hastert. Migaš presented Slovakia's case for joining NATO.

June 6 - 10, 2001 - Slovak Prime Minister Dzurinda visited the USA. He talked to President George Bush and Vice-president Dick Cheney. Apart from talks concerning NATO, Dzurinda opened a new building at the Slovak embassy in Washington.

May 1 - 5, 2001 - During his visit to the USA, Foreign Affairs Minister Kukan met his counterpart Colin Powel and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and discussed the situation in the Balkans.

January 31 - February 3, 2001 - PM Dzurinda had breakfast with President Bush to discuss Slovakia's membership of NATO. He also had discussions with several US senators.

September 8, 2000 - During the UN Millennium Summit PM Dzurinda met with US President Bill Clinton. Apart from a short talk on American investments in the Slovak steel maker VSŽ (US Steel Košice), Dzurinda thanked Clinton for US support in Slovakia's efforts to become a NATO member.

June 25 - 30, 2000 - Slovak Defence Minsiter Pavol Kanis visited USA and talked to US Defence Minister William Cohen. The topic was US support for Slovakia in their integration process into NATO.

November 7 -10, 1999- PM Dzurinda visited the USA. Together with Czech Prime Minsiter Miloš Zeman they took part in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the downfall of Communism. Both PMs met US President Bill Clinton and Foreign Affairs Minister Madeleine Allbright. Talks pertained the recent accession of the Czech Republic into NATO and Slovakia's ambitions to enter into the alliance.


Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from TASR reports

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