ZAGREB, March 17, 2018 – Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation on her fourth term as the head of the German government, Grabar-Kitarović’s office said in a statement.
President Grabar-Kitarović and Chancellor Merkel discussed “the future of the European Union and Croatia’s determination to be part of its core, as well as the situation in Southeast Europe,” the statement said. “Chancellor Merkel welcomed Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić’s recent visit to Zagreb and underlined the importance of the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the statement said.
The two officials are expected to meet soon on the margins of an international conference, and President Grabar-Kitarović said she expected Germany’s highest officials, the president and the chancellor, to visit Croatia soon.
Merkel, leader of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), was sworn in on Wednesday, which marked the start of the term of the 24th German federal government and her fourth term as Chancellor.