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April 16, 2021

President Iohannis, upon leaving for Croatia: I will plead for a tighter regional cooperation

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday stated that he will express, at the meeting with the officials from Zagreb, Romania’s wish for a closer cooperation at regional level, and also his wish for a new stimulation of regional dialogue and relations with Croatia.

“This is my first visit as head of state in the Balkan region and also the first visit of a Romanian president to Croatia after the country became a member of the European Union. I continue thus with my series of European contacts, this time with a state from the Western Balkans region, which is very important for Romania. Both parties have manifested their will to give a new impulse to bilateral relations and high level dialogue. To the same extent, we are also interested in boosting cooperation, especially with a view to strengthen the European perspective of the states in the Balkan region,” the head of state said on the Henri Coanda airport, before leaving for Croatia, where he is paying a two-day official visit.

He also underscored that the Romanian-Croatian relations have developed constantly especially after the latter country joined the EU.

“Romania and Croatia share the same objectives that can be easier achieved by working together: cooperation with the EU, where we share the same interests and similar viewpoints, the strengthening of economic relations and cooperation in the Danube region, capitalisation on the opportunities offered by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region,” the head of state added.

Iohannis specified that in Zagreb he will have an exchange of opinions regarding the recent developments in the EU vicinity and other topical issues.

“I will let the Croatian interlocutors know about our wish for a tighter cooperation, to help ensure prosperity and security in the Balkan region and in the eastern vicinity of the EU,” President Iohannis said.

Among the members of the delegation accompanying President Iohannis to Zagreb are presidential advisers Dan Mihalache, Lazar Comanescu and Leonard Orban, secretary of state with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) George Ciamba and MP Giureci-Slobodan Ghera, representing the Union of Croatians in Romania.

On Monday afternoon, the President will be received at the headquarters of the Croatian government, where he will hold official talks with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Zoran Milanovic.

Later the same day, Klaus Iohannis will be received at the Presidential Palace in Zagreb, where he will have a face-to-face meeting and also official talks with his Croatian counterpart, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. The two heads of state will also hold a joint press conference.

An official dinner will be held on Monday evening in his honour at the Presidential Palace.

On Tuesday, the second day of his visit to Croatia, President Ioahnnis will participate in the wreath-laying ceremony to be held at the memorial monument “Voice of Croatian Victims – The Wall of Pain”, at the Mirogoj Cemetery.

Moreover, the head of state will meet the Speaker of the Croatia’s Sabor, Josip Leko, at this body’s headquarters, Agerpres informs.


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