PRIME Minister Iveta Radičová met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on November 10, and thanked her for the long-term assistance that the US has provided to Slovakia in the areas of security, democratisation and economic development, the Government Office’s press department reported.
“I didn’t need to present Slovakia as a country, the United States is our long-term partner and friend in better and worse times,” Radičová said. “But I came to present the new Slovakia, headed by a responsible government that wants to improve business conditions, increase the enforceability of law and support the creation of new jobs.” The meeting with Clinton was part of an official visit by Radičová to the United States.
Both Slovakia and the USA presently face the same economic and political challenge, in which a revival following the recent economic crisis is not creating enough new jobs, Radičová said, adding that she discussed with Clinton how Slovakia and the US could cooperate to improve the situation.
Clinton supported the Slovak government’s efforts to reform the judiciary and ensure better enforceability of the law. She also appreciated Slovakia’s efforts to diversify energy resources and routes, including north-south connections to other countries in central and eastern Europe, saying that these efforts could help increase competition in the energy sector within the EU.
“The meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was important also in order for the United States not to perceive Slovakia as a country where the tunnel of European funds ends because of irresponsible politicians,” Radičová said, referring to a New York Times story published on November 9, entitled 'EU Cash Tunnel Ends in Slovakia', which highlighted several cases of misuse of EU funds, most of them under the previous government.
“I’m delighted to welcome the prime minister here at the State Department,” Clinton said in remarks before her bilateral meeting with Radičová. “I have followed her career with much interest and admiration about her success.”
15. Nov 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff