ZAGREB, March 13, 2019 – Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has met with representatives of the Croatian community in New York, thanking them for preserving the Croatian community and presenting the best of Croatia in their new homeland, her office said in a press release on Wednesday morning.
She presented Charters of the Republic of Croatia to the Croatian Parish of Saints Cyril & Methodius and Saint Raphael, the Croatian Catholic Mission of the Blessed Ivan Merz and Croatian Radio New York for their contribution to maintaining and promoting ties between the Croatian community in the United States and Croatia.
Earlier in the day, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović assumed the chairmanship of the Council of Women World Leaders from her Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaite in New York on Tuesday, the President’s Office said in a press release.
Grabar-Kitarović is currently in New York where she attended the UN conference “Women in Power” and met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday.
The Council of Women World Leaders was established in 1996 by Vigdis Finnbogadottir, the then President of Iceland, and Laura Liswood, the Council’s Secretary General, to encourage present and former female heads of state or government and ministers to participate in joint activities of key importance to women.
Grabar-Kitarović said she would continue working on all issues concerning gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all her future activities.
The two presidents exchanged views on bilateral relations, common policies within the European Union and globally, and the position of women in high-level politics.
They said that Croatia and Lithuania have close bilateral relations, with shared interests and a desire to intensify their cooperation in areas such as defence and security.
Grabar-Kitarović said that the high level of friendly relations and the common interest in long-term partnership was confirmed by the appointments of their respective resident ambassadors in Zagreb and Vilnius.
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