The President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, began her official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran with an official welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace of the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.
After the meeting between the two Presidents and the bilateral meeting between the official delegations, in the presence of the two Presidents, the Ministers of the Economy of the Republic of Croatia and the Islamic Republic of Iran signed an Agreement on Economic Cooperation, while the Presidents of the Chambers of Commerce of Croatia and Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Chambers of Commerce.
Today’s meeting was an opportunity to discuss the relations between our two countries, as well as areas of mutual concern, particularly global challenges such as terrorism and migration, said President Grabar-Kitarović. She assessed that the bilateral relations between Croatia and Iran are amicable, without outstanding issues and emphasized that the contacts between the two countries did not lose momentum during the previous period.
During the meeting, discussion was focused on the current state of economic relations and prospects for their further development. Croatia achieved one of its strategic goals by becoming an EU Member State, said the President of Croatia, and emphasized that Croatia’s new goal is to achieve full cooperation, especially in the field of the economy, with countries outside Europe. I am familiar with the development plans of Iran which include extensive modernization projects, the construction of electrical energy infrastructure, naval fleet renewal, as well as the construction of new or reconstruction of existing transport infrastructure, she said. She emphasized that Croatia is committed to the renewal of economic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Sixty Croatian companies, which arrived in Iran in the organization of the Croatian Chamber of Economy and will participate in the Economic Forum, will contribute to the realization of this plan, said the President.
As an EU Member State, Croatia supports the efforts of achieving close cooperation between the EU and Iran, said the President and added that Croatia is Iran’s trusted friend. Emphasizing the key role of Iran in this part of the world, she said that Iran’s constructive role and contribution to international security through activities in resolving conflicts and crises in Iran’s neighborhood is of great importance. Furthermore, she expressed her conviction that it is necessary to work with Iran on determining areas of common concern and potential for cooperation, especially with regard to Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan or the fight against terrorism.
“We welcome the diplomatic efforts of the Iranian Government toward its neighbors and encourage further steps in this direction, both for Iran, and other neighboring countries.”
Commenting on the current migration challenges and the refugee crisis, as well as the large number of Afghan refugees who come to Europe from Iran, President Grabar-Kitarović said that within the EU, Croatia emphasizes the importance of a comprehensive dialogue of the European Union with Iran on the issue of migrations. Such an approach should be modeled on the current cooperation with Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. The objective should be finding modalities for providing assistance to Iran in the integration of Afghan refugees in Iran, as well as in encouraging their return to Afghanistan.
In the continuation of her visit in Teheran, President Grabar-Kitarović held separate meetings with the the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larinjani, the Chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif.
by the Croatian president website / hia.com.hr
photo:from the Croatian president website