20:00 / 04.04.2022.

Author: Katja Miličić

US-Croatia Forum marks 30 years of diplomatic relations

Under Secretary Marisa Lago at the U.S.-Croatia Forum

Under Secretary Marisa Lago at the U.S.-Croatia Forum

Foto: Igor Soban / PIXSELL

Croatia and the United States are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations with a US-Croatia Forum, a two-day event in Zagreb, bringing together American and Croatian government officials and business and community leaders.

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken opened the event on Monday with a virtual address in which he highlighted the ways the two countries have cooperated over the past three decades. Blinken addressed energy security and spoke about American support for Croatia’s LNG terminal on Krk.

“We have supported Croatia as you sought greater energy security with diverse and reliable suppliers, rather than relying on imports from Russia,” Blinken said.

He also underscored how travel has brought the two countries closer together through the US visa waiver program, which Croatia joined last year.

Blinken also stressed the US and Croatia are partners and allies, adding that as a member of NATO, an attack on Croatia was an attack on the US.

"We will always have your back," Blinken said.

President Zoran Milanović said when Croatia was under attack during the Homeland War, the United States offered indirect but concrete assistance and aid, for which Croatia was grateful.

"When we needed military aid, the Americans did not provide it directly - as they rightly and reasonably are doing now - because it was a different time but they offered logistical, intellectual, and organizational support,” Milanović said.

US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Marisa Lago said that in less than three decades, trade between the two countries had grown more than 10-fold and today was nearly balanced. Lago underscored the importance of continued economic integration and shared strategic and economic security.

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