18:39 / 29.05.2023.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Israeli foreign minister visits Croatia

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen

Foto: Patrik Macek / Pixsell

Minister Eli Cohen was received in the nation's capital by Croatia's foreign minister, prime minister and president on Monday. 

Minister Cohen underlined that Israel is a staunch supporter of Ukraine. However, he warned that the war had the fingerprints of Iranian state terrorism and they continue to be a threat to current global order.

"The Iranian regime is no longer just a regional problem, but a European and a global problem as well. We cannot overlook the challenges posed by Iran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East. Iran is still looking to acquire a nuclear weapon. Iran is the world's number one financer of terrorism around the world," said Cohen.

Minister Grlić Radman said Croatia and Israel shared the same values and cooperate in a number of economic and political fields.

"Today, with Minister Cohen, I signed a memorandum of understanding on developmental cooperation. This will allow us to mutually provide aid to the countries in this region and around the world in order to achieve their development goals. This will bring further peace, security and stability to our neighbouring countries," said Grlić Radman.

The Croatian minister pointed out that in the 26 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, "progress has been achieved in all areas" and that Israel is investing in renewable energy sources and the tourism sector in Croatia.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković later thanked Israel for supporting Croatia's prospective membership in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Finally, President Zoran Milanović received Minister Cohen who conveyed Israeli President Isaac Herzog's invitation to visit Israel, which the President accepted.

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