Croatia's FM Attends Gymnich Meeting in Lisbon

By 27 May 2021
Croatia's FM Attends Gymnich Meeting in Lisbon

ZAGREB, 27 May 2021 - Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman on Thursday attended the informal meeting, known as Gymnnich, in Lisbon, which is, as a rule, organized by the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The latest edition of the Gymnich meeting of foreign ministers organized by Portugal, the current chair of the EU, focuses on EU-Africa relations, the unresolved conflicts in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Indo-Pacific region.

Before the start of the meeting, Minister Grlić Radman said that the issues of migrations were important also for Croatia.

"We expect African partners to show greater engagement so that their citizens will not embark on a precarious journey towards Europe. We will help them to build migration management capacities," Grlić Radman told the press while entering the congress hall where the meeting took place.

"We would like to help efforts aimed at creating conditions for a better life in Africa."

Concerning the EU'S Eastern Neighbourhood, the minister recalled that several countries in that region did exercise complete control over the whole of their territories. Those are Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, and the EU would like to make a stronger engagement in a bid to find solutions to those conflicts, with some of them lasting several decades, he added.

Croatia has the experience of peaceful reintegration and can make its contribution to those EU efforts, Grlić Radman said.

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