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Fico: Slovakia could sign memorandum with USA early next week

Early next week, Slovakia should sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the USA that will result in the cancellation of visa duty for Slovak citizens, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said before the beginning of the EU summit in Brussels on March 13, the TASR wrote.

Early next week, Slovakia should sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the USA that will result in the cancellation of visa duty for Slovak citizens, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said before the beginning of the EU summit in Brussels on March 13, the TASR wrote.

"On the one hand Slovakia - as it has always said - wants to respect the powers of the EU and the European Commission in this area; but on the other hand, we welcome the agreement that the states can individually negotiate certain issues concerning the visa cancellation. That's why we will always proceed in a way that respects Slovakia's obligations towards the EU ... bearing this in mind, (Slovak) Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák can now sign the Memorandum," Fico stated.

The Slovak PM confirmed that Kaliňák was leaving for the USA on Saturday, March 15, and his first working meeting will be held on March 17. Originally, it was expected that the visa issue could also be discussed at the EU summit. Given that at March 12's session of ambassadors representing member countries in the EU, an agreement was reached to proceed jointly in negotiations on visa-free regime with the USA, this discussion isn't expected to be held. TASR

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