19:19 / 06.03.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Croatia has centuries-long ties with the Arab world, says PM from Dubai

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Foto: Marko Zirdum / Pixsell

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Sunday attended Croatian National Day at Dubai Expo.

The Croatian Pavilion was visited earlier in the day by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, a member of the United Arab Emirates government and commissioner of the exhibition.

He said financial cooperation has been growing over the past decade and sees further cooperation in the commercial, political and cultural spheres.

"I would say that this stay at Expo, such a big turnout of Croatian business people and this business forum will contribute to increasing trade, which will soon pass US$ 100 million again," the prime minister said.

At the forum, Plenković presented the Croatian economy to the Arab participants, saying that Croatia has a stable economic growth and the highest investment rating in its history.

Plenković said he was proud of the "history, talent and creativity" of the Croatian people and the "beautiful and preserved nature and the diversity of the cultural heritage."

"Besides an innovative and creative spirit," Croatia is also full of talent in sports, culture, music and art, he said, calling on those present to visit Croatia.

Plenković also noted that relations between Croatia and the Arab world dated back to the Middle Ages; noting the role of the Dubrovnik Republic as a key link between East and West.

Plenković was accompanied to Dubai by Finance Minister Zdravko Marić, Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman and Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac.

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