Hello, Slovenia: Melania calls home with Trump
Ljubljana (AFP) - This is one phone call Ljubljana didn't want to miss: US President-elect Donald Trump and his Slovenian-born wife Melania rang the leaders of her home country for a brief chat on Wednesday.
"Prime Minister Miro Cerar received this afternoon a call from the newly elected US president and the future first lady Melania Trump," the Slovenian premier's office said in a statement.
Apart from congratulating Trump, 70, on his "exceptional success", the office said Cerar had "underlined that in Slovenia we are proud of the fact that the future first lady comes from our country".
Cerar also spoke directly to Trump's 46-year-old wife, telling her: "We are proud of you and we look forward to meeting you. We wish you much success on your new path."
Born Melanija Knavs in the small town of Sevnica, the former model has lived in New York for two decades. She met her future husband there in 1998 and became his third wife in 2005. A year later, she took US citizenship.
In the course of Wednesday's phone conversation, the American president-elect enquired about how Slovenia was doing.
"After a series of years of crisis, Slovenia is now in better shape," Cerar's office quoted the premier as replying.
"We are modernising the state and making some progress that we will be glad to show you when you pay us a visit," he said.
President Borut Pahor also got a chance to congratulate the Trumps and extend an invitation to visit Slovenia in a phone call on Wednesday.
His office said the president had a "warm talk with the future first lady Melania Trump... and also transmitted her the best wishes of his partner Tanja Pecar".