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Obsitnik: I'll do my best to get visas to USA abolished by end of the year

A year ago, no legislation existed that would enable Slovaks to freely travel to the USA without a visa, US Ambassador to Slovakia Vincent Obsitnik said in Bratislava on July 3 at a reception marking Independence Day (July 4).

A year ago, no legislation existed that would enable Slovaks to freely travel to the USA without a visa, US Ambassador to Slovakia Vincent Obsitnik said in Bratislava on July 3 at a reception marking Independence Day (July 4).

Now, however, "not only does a legal basis exist for visa-free travel, but we are also witnessing bilateral meetings, and over the next two months we expect to see final agreements signed," said Obsitnik, who vowed to do his personal best to see in a visa-free regime. According to the ambassador, both sides are trying hard to enable Slovaks to travel to the USA without visa, the TASR newswire wrote.

Obsitnik was born in Moravany (Košice region), and he is the first Slovak-born US ambassador to serve in Bratislava. He said that this is also one of the reasons why it's important for him to strengthen mutual ties in trade and commerce and culture. The officials who came to congratulate the ambassador on this important holiday included Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška, Foreign Affairs Minister Ján Kubiš, as well as other state officials and foreign mission representatives. Representatives of the opposition parties were in attendance as well. TASR

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