During his visit to the USA acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Borys Tarasyuk met with President of the National Democratic Institute, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

As the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Vasyly Filipchuk informed, the Ukrainian top-placed diplomat briefed his interlocutor about the internal political situation in Ukraine, having noted those efforts by the state's leadership for the society's democratic development.

The sides exchanged opinions on topical international developments. Borys Tarasyuk told Ms Albright about the initiative by Presidents of Ukraine and Georgia on establishment of a Commonwealth of Democracies of the Baltic - Black Sea - Caspian region, a Commonwealth of Democratic Choice and about holding a forum to this end in Kiev by 2005's close.

In her turn, Madeleine Albright noted that the USA hail this initiative, as well as Ukraine's steps to maintain democratic goals and values in the region.

Borys Tarasyuk and Madeleine Albright discussed the Ukrainian - American relations. The US former Secretary of State highly assessed a visit by President Victor Yushchenko to the USA and his participation in the 2005 UN Summit.


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