H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, yesterday evening met with Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Marija Pejcinovic Buric.
They discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations between the UAE and Croatia, and exchanged views on latest regional and international developments and issues of mutual interest.
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the distinguished ties and mutual keenness on boosting them in all fields. Buric welcomed the visit of Sheikh Abdullah, stressing her country's desire to bolster cooperation between the two sides.
Addressing a joint press conference after their meeting, Sheikh Abdullah said, "We held fruitful bilateral discussions and reviewed the strong ties between the two countries and ways of strengthening them in various fields as well as a number of important international issues on the global arena."
He confirmed the strong friendship ties between the UAE and Croatia, which are celebrating 25th anniversary of their establishment, wishing more development in relations in the future.
The UAE Foreign Minister noted that today, there are more than 1500 Croatians living in the UAE who are contributing to the cultural boom of the state. He added that 14,000 Croatian tourists visited the UAE in 2016. Sheikh Abdullah also expressed his confidence that UAE-Croatian relations will grow into wider prospects and more cooperation. He extended thanks to the Government and people of Croatia for warm welcome and hospitality.
Buric expressed her happiness at receiving Sheikh Abdullah and his accompanying delegation, noting that Croatia and UAE are celebrating silver jubilee of establishing their bilateral relations.
She added that they also discussed issues related to developing economic cooperation between the two countries as well as the latest international developments, especially in Libya and the illegal immigrants crisis.
She also expressed her happiness at the Emirates Airline's decision to operate seven weekly flights between Dubai and the Croatian capital. She also pointed out at the Natural Gas project being developed in Croatia, which she said could be a good investment opportunity for the UAE.
Non-Resident Ambassador of the UAE to Croatia, Ali Al Ahmed attended the meeting.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs