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Croatian President on working visit to Turkey

By  HINA Jan 18, 2019

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic travelled to Turkey on Wednesday for a return state visit at the invitation of her Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

After paying her respects to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, by laying a wreath at his tomb, Grabar-Kitarovic held a meeting with the Turkish Parliament Speaker, Binali Yildirim.

Croatia and Turkey have very good relations, without outstanding issues, and this visit is another opportunity to continue and boost dialogue at the highest level, Grabar-Kitarovic's office said.

Erdogan paid a state visit to Croatia in April 2016, attending a ceremony marking 100 years since the recognition of Islam as equal to other religions in Croatia. Grabar-Kitarovic went to Turkey on a working visit in January last year, and the two also met on the fringes of the UN General Assembly meeting last autumn.

In Zagreb, Erdogan said he was pleased with the integration of the Muslim community in Croatian society, stressing that Croatia was a praiseworthy example of coexistence of different faiths. He said that in contemporary societies it was necessary to cultivate cooperation, not a clash of civilisations.

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