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    President of Slovenia Thanks Melania Trump for Boosting Country's Profile

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    The president of Slovenia has thanked Melania Trump, wife of America's president-elect, for her role in raising the profile of her native country.

    The letter from President Borut Pahor and Prime Minister Miro Cerar, written in Slovenian, was sent after Donald Trump's election victory by the country's embassy in the US, TMZ reports, citing an embassy official. It thanked Melania for "raising visibility of our central-European country."

    Melania was born in 1970 in the city of Novo Mesto in southeastern Slovenia.

    Pahor also apparently had a "cordial" talk with the soon-to-be first family by phone this week and invited them to visit Slovenia. Next year will be the 25 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Slovenia and the US. 

    Melania's rise to superstardom is generally welcomed in Slovenia, and in the small town, Sevnica, where she grew up.

    "Sometimes the pressure of the media was too hard," Mayor of Sevnica Srecko Ocvirk told Reuters shortly after the election. "The people of Sevnica are not used to it. On the other hand, the global attention is positive because Sevnica is developing into a tourist destination."

    Melania married Donald Trump in 2005. She will become the second foreign-born first lady of the United States and the first non-native speaker of English.

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