18:23 / 24.05.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Croatia and Italy sign agreement on exclusive economic zones

Adriatic Sea

Adriatic Sea

Foto: Srecko Niketic / Pixsell

Croatia and Italy have signed an agreement on the demarcation of exclusive economic zones in the Adriatic sea, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić-Radman said in Rome on Tuesday, calling the document historic for the two countries' relations.

Speaking to the press after meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio, he said the signing of the agreement was a "keystone" in Croatia-Italy relations.

The agreement defines the demarcation line of the exclusive economic zones between the two friendly neighbors and permanently regulates demarcation with Italy in line with international law, said the Croatian minister.

The agreement confirms the existing demarcation line of the continental shelves, he added. "By defining this line, Croatia and Italy will reinforce their cooperation in the Adriatic Sea - our common cultural, historical, geopolitical heritage."

According to him, the two countries have a big responsibility for the protection of the sea environment and the sustainable use of the sea and its natural resources.

Di Maio said the signing of the agreement marked a new stage in Italy-Croatia relations which put the focus back on the Adriatic Sea. This strategic axis, he added, is additionally strengthened by the trilateral cooperation with Slovenia.

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