Relations Between Croatia and Romania Improving, Foreign Ministers Say

By 16 March 2019

ZAGREB, March 16, 2019 - Relations between Croatia and Romania are improving, as shown by the increasingly frequent high level meetings, and last year trade jumped by about 30%, the foreign ministers of the two countries said in Bucharest on Friday.

"Croatia and Romania have no outstanding issues. They have very successful cooperation in many areas within the EU and NATO and on the bilateral front. We have the same or similar stances on many issues," Marija Pejčinović Burić of Croatia said after talks with her Romanian counterpart Teodor Melescanu.

The relations have been intensifying recently, including nine high level visits on both sides in the last two years, she added.

We welcome the fact that in 2018 bilateral trade increased by about 33%, which proves the potential for advancing economic cooperation is high, said Melescanu.

Pejčinović Burić said the two-digit trade rise reflected the big interest of the business communities in both countries.

Croatia and Romania, both EU and NATO members, have the same or similar positions on all the topics on the two organisations' agendas, and share common goals, such as entering the Schengen and euro areas, supporting the EU's cohesion policy and enlargement to Southeast Europe, the Three Seas Initiative and the EU's Danube Region Strategy.

Both countries are satisfied with the protection of the respective ethnic minorities.

Pejčinović Burić and Melescanu condemned the recent terrorist attack in New Zealand and extended condolences and solidarity with the people of that country.

Pejčinović Burić also met with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis and Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

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