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Bush: US visa regime "outdated"

US PRESIDENT George Bush said the US is trying to sort out its visa policy towards Central European countries, including Slovakia, the TASR news agency reported.

"This is an outdated approach that needs to be updated and in the case of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and other such countries, put into a new context," Bush told Slovak Radio prior to his departure for a tour of Europe.

"I told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice we should do our best to make our visa policy fair and balanced," he continued.

George Bush views the changes in Slovakia in recent years as awe-inspiring. He regards Slovakia as a country that works hard to enforce democracy. According to the US president it is important for people to grasp that freedom and democracy cannot be taken for granted and that it is necessary to work hard to maintain them.

"My message to Slovaks is - Thank you for what you have done and thank you for your courage. Freedom is a great thing and you are the proof of it," he said.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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