Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has addressed Iran, hailing its positive and constructive role in restoring stability to the Middle East, sources reported.
Calling for the reinforcement of bilateral ties, Plenkovic described the Islamic Republic as an influential country. "Iran is making efforts in line with restoring regional stability," he said.
The Croatian premier was in a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Zagreb on Thursday, when he underscored that cooperation with Iran, especially in the economic and trade sectors, should be sustained and expanded.
Iran’s FM Zarif, for his part expressed his keenness to develop Tehran-Zagreb relations in all fields, including Halal tourism, energy, agriculture, food industry, advanced technology and banking cooperation.
He also called for boosting Iran's cooperation with Croatia in regional and international organizations both within the bilateral and European Union frameworks.
Moreover, and touching on the nuclear deal, Croatian Foreign Minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric voiced her country's and Europe's support for keeping and implementing the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal. Zarif, for his part, stressed Iran's resolve to boost Tehran-Zagreb ties in all areas.
He also noted that his talks with the Croatian top diplomat had focused on the most important regional and international issues, including the JCPOA as well as the fight against violence, terrorism an extremism, the crises in Yemen and Syria, and the current situations in Afghanistan and Balkans.
Zarif’s visit to Croatia will broaden political and economic ties between the two countries that already enjoy traditional and strong relations, she said.
Meanwhile, in a meeting with Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandrokovic, Zarif expressed hope that Iran's relations with Croatia would improve more than ever with the removal of some impediments.
Zarif has traveled to Croatia on the third leg of his tour of the Balkans and Eastern Europe that has already taken him to Serbia and Bulgaria and will travel next to Bosnia.
A high-ranking political and economic delegation comprising of a number of CEOs of Iranian enterprises from both private and public sectors accompanied Zarif on the trip.