ZAGREB, May 28, 2019 – Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović met President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa outside Lisbon late on Monday evening, after which she said that the two countries’ relations were excellent.
Grabar Kitarović, who arrived in Lisbon on Monday morning, met her Portuguese counterpart in the town of Carcavelos, about 20 kilometres outside the capital, where she and de Sousa gave talks at the “Estoril Conference 2019” dedicated to global challenges such as justice, human rights and women’s equality.
“It is nice to see you a year after my state visit to Portugal. The visit, just like your visit to Croatia in 2017, confirmed our excellent bilateral relations as well as relations as part of the EU and NATO. The visits gave an impetus to the further strengthening of our cooperation, notably on the economic front,” Grabar Kitarović said after the meeting.
Portugal is one of the few countries with which Croatia has a trade surplus. :last year, Croatia exported to Portugal 54.4 million euro in goods and services, while imports from that country amounted to 33.6 million euro.
Grabar Kitarović thanked de Sousa for the support Portugal gave to the election of Croatian State Secretary Maja Marković as the executive director of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), headquartered in Lisbon.
Grabar Kitarović is expected to return to Croatia on Tuesday morning.
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