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Gašparovič asks US Congressman to lobby for visa abolition

SLOVAK President Ivan Gašparovič asked the US Congressman John L Mica to lobby for the visa-free relations between Slovakia and the USA, presidential spokesman Marek Trubac following a meeting between the officials, the TASR news wire reported.

Mica, who has a Slovak roots, said the visa issue is a long-term one and could not give a specific date for the visa cancellation.

Among other things, Gašparovič and Mica discussed the impact of hurricane Katrina and the hurricane-force windstorm in the High Tatras from November 2004.

Republican party member Mica, representing Florida in the Congress, will also meet Slovak Premier Mikuláš Dzurinda and visit other Slovak regions besides Bratislava.

Compiled by Magdalena MacLeod from press reports
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