ZAGREB, Oct 16 (Croatia Sun News) – President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Tuesday met separately with visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry, who is the first Egyptian Foreign Minister to have officially visited Croatia.
PM Plenkovic and his guest discussed economic and political relations between the two countries, migrations and the situation in the Middle East and North Africa.
Croatia-Egypt trade currently stands at €120 million and it is expected to increase with Croatia’s participation in big infrastructure projects in Egypt, the government said in a statement.
Plenkovic commended the excellent organisation of an EU-Arab League summit meeting held in Sharm el-Sheikh in February this year, which gave an additional boost to the development of relations between Europe and the Arab world, which, Plenkovic said, Croatia would continue to build during its chairmanship of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2020.
The two officials also discussed the cooperation between the EU and Egypt in the fight against terrorism, cooperation in the Mediterranean and the EU’s neighbourhood policy.
The visiting Egyptian minister and President Grabar-Kitarovic discussed ways of strengthening bilateral relations, notably economic and infrastructure cooperation.
They also discussed the political and security situation in the Middle East, and it was stressed that Croatia appreciated Egypt’s efforts aimed at resolving current crises in its neighbourhood, the president’s office said in a statement.
Grabar-Kitarovic said that the stability and prosperity of Egypt and the southern and eastern Mediterranean were of vital importance for Croatia as a Mediterranean country which has traditionally good relations with southern and eastern Mediterranean countries.