20:23 / 10.02.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Greek Prime Minister welcomed in Zagreb

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Foto: Patrik Macek / Pixsell

Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, and his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis met in Zagreb on Thursday, calling for defusing tensions surrounding the crisis in Ukraine and supporting the international community's diplomatic efforts.

"We advocate de-escalation of the tensions between Ukraine and Russia and between Russia and the West," Plenković said at a joint news conference.

Mitsotakis, who paid his second visit to Zagreb in the last two and half years, added that their joint position was in favor of defusing the tensions.

The two PMs discussed economic, energy and defense cooperation.

"We are glad that both Greece and Croatia will be among the fastest growing economies in 2021," said Plenkovic. He expected Croatia's growth to exceed 10% and said that Greece's growth would be close to that.

The European Commission released its Winter Economic Forecast on Thursday, saying that the Croatian economy, with the growth rate of 10.5% in 2021, surpassed the level registered prior to the 2019 crisis. The only other EU member state with faster growth is Ireland, with a rate of 13.7%.

Plenković and Mitsotakis exchanged their experiences concerning the efforts to cushion the blow to living standards caused by rising prices of gas, electricity and petroleum products.

The trade between the two Mediterranean countries reached €360 million in the first ten months of 2021, which was more than in the whole of 2020, but less than in 2019, said Plenković.

Mitsotakis said he hoped both countries would have an excellent tourist season this year.

Plenković thanked Mitsotakis for Greece's strong support to Zagreb's aspirations to join the Schengen area, the euro area and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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