President Zoran Milanović has proposed a meeting of the Defence and National Security Council because of the escalation of his conflict with Defence Minister Mario Banožić, whom he accused of politicizing the Armed Forces. The government proposed three dates for the meeting and Milanović chose 9 November.
“I expect a constructive dialogue, an exchange of views and proposals because we politicians and officeholders are accountable to our citizens. Everything that is in the interest of the functioning of the state and its institutions, national interests, will be on the table,” Grlić Radman told reporters during a visit to his ministry’s stall in Zagreb’s Cvjetni Trg square as part of events marking the 25th anniversary of Croatia’s membership of the Council of Europe.
“We are facing a serious task … because Croatian citizens deserve what they need, and that is social stability, economic growth, a higher vaccination rate, and security. The government will provide an appropriate answer in that regard,” he added.
Ambassadors are a priority
Speaking of filling ambassadorial positions, Grlić Radman dismissed Milanović’s claim that he did not want an ambassadorial nominee because he was an ethnic Serb. “I never said that,” Grlić Radman said, calling Milanović’s claims “empty talk” and “base insinuations”.
Grlić Radman said that ambassadors were a priority to him. “We have three important positions – Paris, Vilnius, and the Vatican, and they need to be filled. This will also be discussed” at the Defence and National Security Council meeting, he added.
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