The Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Gordan Grlić-Radman, affirmed, Saturday in Algiers, that his country considers Algeria as an “important partner” a country that plays a “special role in stabilizing the situation in the southern Mediterranean countries.”
Radman said, in a press conference after being received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, as part of his working visit to Algeria, that “Croatia, as well as the European Union, consider Algeria an important partner, as Algeria plays a special role in stabilizing the situation in the southern Mediterranean countries.”
The Croatian minister added that his country “greatly appreciates” the importance of stabilizing the situation in the southern Mediterranean, saying: “For us, it is very important to see peace and stability and its impact on the region, while looking for a solution to some of the disputes that erupt here and there.”
Accordingly – the Croatian minister added – with regard to Zagreb, it is “important to strengthen close cooperation with Algiers within the framework of the countries of the southern Mediterranean regions, especially since there are many areas for joint cooperation between the two sides, to enhance and strengthen communication, especially when it comes to issues of environmental challenges or combating hybrid threats, as well as combating irregular migration.
Regarding the areas of economic cooperation between Algeria and Croatia, the Croatian minister affirmed that “his country has traditionally been present in Algeria, and there are currently many new areas of cooperation, such as the sectors of marine fishing, aquaculture and shipbuilding, where Croatia is considered one of the leading countries in the field of traditional shipbuilding, along with the agricultural, infrastructure and energy sectors.
For reference, the Croatian Foreign Minister is on a two-day working visit to Algeria, to discuss ways and mechanisms for strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields, especially economic cooperation, in addition to regional and international issues of common interest.