Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović (Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović (Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

In her address to the assembly Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović stressed the need for member states to renew their commitment to the UN so that it can better respond to emerging global threats and challenges.

"We cannot deny that multilateralism is facing challenges. The reasons might be numerous and complex. However, it still remains our best chance of achieving our common goals. By standing alone and isolated one fails. But many of us together united around common ideas and working in good faith, have the tools in our hands to succeed," the president said.

Earlier the president met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The focus of their talks was on the situation in southeast Europe, specifically regarding Bosnia and Herzegovina and relations between Kosovo and Serbia, as well as Croatia's presidency over the European Union in the first half of 2020.

"Secretary General Guterres was particularly interested in what we would do during our presidency over the Council of the European Union, how will make use of our term, both for ourselves and for our region. He also expressed a desire to maintain contact and to continue dialogue on these issues," the president told reporters.

Source: HRT