German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (L) Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Damir Krstičević (R) (Photo: Britta Pedersen/DPA/PIXSELL) German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (L) Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Damir Krstičević (R) (Photo: Britta Pedersen/DPA/PIXSELL)

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Damir Krstičević received German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Trogir today. Both minister emphasized the strong ties between the two countries, especially in terms of security and defense.

"Germany is our most important partner in Europe in the area of security and defense, and my priority is to strengthen our cooperation." Together we will continue to contribute to the development of the European Union, as we share the same values and priorities," Minister Krstičević said.

For her part Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer noted the import role Croatia plays in the region. "We know that Croatia paid a very high price for her freedom, which is why is has a special importance when it comes to stability in the region. This is what brings us together in NATO's Kosovo Force."

The two ministers also emphasized that both Zagreb and Berlin share the opinion that the French-led initiative to block opening EU accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia was a mistake.

Ministers Krstičević and Kramp-Karrenbauer also agreed that Croatian and Germany will co-organize a conference on cooperation between NATO and the EU in Split in June of next year.

Kramp-Karrenbauer recently became the leader of the CDU - Germany's biggest political party, having succeeded German Chancellor Angela Merkel as party leader.

Source: HRT