13:00 / 07.03.2023.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Croatia and Kosovo are close friends, economic relations are growing

Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz in Zagreb

Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz in Zagreb

Foto: Davor Puklavec / PIXSELL

“Trade exchange between Croatia and Kosovo increased by 23 percent last year and there is great potential for additional development of economic relations between the two countries, whose political relations are also exceptional,” said the head of Croatian diplomacy, Gordan Grlić Radman, on Tuesday.

Minister Gordan Grlić Radman met with his Kosovo colleague Donika Gërvall-Schwarz and later said that Croatia and Kosovo are friendly and partner countries, which is reflected in the intensive exchange of bilateral visits.

He recalled that Croatia strongly supports Kosovo's accession to all international organizations, including the Council of Europe and the European Union.

“Croatia is also advocating for the visa liberalization of the European Union for the citizens of Kosovo as soon as possible,” Grlić Radman said.

He added that Croatia is ready to help Kosovo on its European path with its knowledge and experience in the necessary reform processes.

“Kosovo, with its pro-European stances in foreign policy, is proving to be a reliable partner,” he concluded.

In terms of economic relations between Kosovo and Croatia, Grlić Radman pointed out that there is great potential for their development and that the total exchange in the first 11 months of 2022 was more than 23 percent higher than in the previous period.

The Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora pointed out that Croatia is not only a strategic friend, but also a very close one.

“Croatia and Kosovo share a long common history that includes the struggle for independence from Yugoslavia, as well as a communist dictatorship in which Serbia had economic and political dominance,” said Gërvalla-Schwarz.

“We faced the same aggressor,” she added.

She also emphasized that Croatian assistance to the Euro-Atlantic path of Kosovo has never been absent.

Source: HRT

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