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Croatia president begins landmark Iran visit

18 May 2016 11:57


Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic kicks off her three-day visit to Iran at the head of a large delegation to forge new trade and political ties with Tehran which is emerging from sanctions.

President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday officially welcomed Grabar-Kitarovic who arrived in the Iranian capital the day before.

Later in the day, the two presidents signed two economic cooperation agreements.

President Rouhani said during a joint news conference with Croatia’s president that the European country is of value to Iran because of bilateral “historical and cultural commonalities” as well as Croatia’s geographical location, which makes it a gate for Iran to the entire European Union (EU).

In addition to economic issues, the two sides expressed their willingness to develop technological, scientific, academic, artistic and cultural ties, according to Rouhani.

He further noted that the two countries also stressed the need to cooperate with each other in fighting terrorism.

The Croatian president, for her part, said Zagreb has always maintained “very good” and “friendly” relations with Tehran, which recognized Croatia right after its independence.

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