Croatia, US plan to intensify cooperation

Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said More intensive cooperation between Croatian and US security agencies has been established | wikemedia

More intensive cooperation between Croatian and US security agencies has been established, said Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic, adding that he and his hosts had discussed a state of affairs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

According to sources from Zaghreb, Bozinovic said that the two countries have turned a new page concerning the cooperation between the security services of the two sides such as the FBI.

Attending the ceremonies marking the 25th anniversary of the liberating operation in Maslenica, the Croatian minister asserted that his meeting with the US officials also focused on Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Bosnia and Herzegovina is always on the agenda within the overall regional security and stability, and Croatia is an important factor, Croatia serves as a model for Bosnia and Herzegovina and for other countries showing that the implementation of reforms, democratization…” Bozinovic said.

Touching on Croatia’s relation with the US, the official said that the US is glad to see that in the Balkans, it has a close partner and ally in Croatia.

Bozinovic met with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke during his visit to Washington last Friday.

US is the most important Croatian military partner. The US Department of Defense provides Croatia with military assistance in the form of training, equipment, equipment loans, and education. In addition to that, transport of Croatian soldiers to Afghanistan, as well as organization of joint training and military exercises. Also, joint military exercises between Croatia and American soldiers have become a regular feature. Intensive military cooperation between US and Croatia started during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s.

However, cooperation between the two sides had first intensified in April 2009, when Croatia became a member of the NATO.