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USA wants Slovakia to help democratise Tunisia

THE UNITED States is very interested in Slovakia sharing its experiences in transitioning to democracy to help Tunisia, said Milan Ježovica, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after meeting with Tomicah Tillemann, an advisor to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on August 24, the SITA newswire reported.

THE UNITED States is very interested in Slovakia sharing its experiences in transitioning to democracy to help Tunisia, said Milan Ježovica, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after meeting with Tomicah Tillemann, an advisor to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on August 24, the SITA newswire reported.

“We were talking about the things Slovakia wants to do to support the political process and democratisation [in Tunisia], as well as the functioning of civil society,” said Ježovica, as quoted by SITA, adding that Slovakia had to learn how to use finances effectively, how to create new business opportunities and how to attract foreign investment. He added that Slovakia’s experiences can be useful for countries that are currently in transition.

Ježovica said that Tunisia opens new opportunities for cooperation by Slovak academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and companies.

Tillemann paid a short visit to Slovakia on August 24 and met several government officials and Slovak journalists. He currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies to the US Secretary of State. Before assuming that position, Tillemann worked as speechwriter for Clinton and assisted her in framing and articulating American foreign policy, SITA wrote.

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