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Visit of parliament omitted by Americans

THE SLOVAK Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered American President George Bush a meeting at the parliamentary level, the ministry's spokesperson Juraj Tomaga told the SITA news agency.

He was reacting to the disappointment expressed by parliamentary Speaker Pavol Hrušovský at not meeting Bush.

"The American president is the head of state and cabinet and he wants to meet with his partners," said Tomaga.

He added that not meeting at the parliamentary level is not a failure of diplomacy.

Tomaga was reacting to Hrušovský's statement expressing disappointment that it is the failure of Slovak diplomacy for Bush to be meeting only the president and the prime minister out of Slovakia's three highest constitutional officials.

According to Tomaga, the American president visit's in Slovakia is clearly a success for Slovak foreign politics.

Compiled by Zuzana Habšudová from press reports

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