On May 10, both H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President, and H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive, met with Croatian President H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović who was in Kabul with a high level delegation, discussing – inter alia – issues such as economy, health, social and cultural affairs, as well as further expansion of bilateral relations.
President Ghani highlighted Croatian cooperation toward peace and development in Afghanistan, and supporting Afghan security forces under the Resolute Support Mission. 50% of Croatian international assistance has been allocated to Afghanistan, President Ghani stated.
The Croatian President in her remarks called Afghanistan her second home, and commending the sacrifices of Afghan security forces and expressed her hope that these sacrifices will contribute to a prosperous and developed Afghanistan.
Speaking on the friendly and historic relations between Croatia and Afghanistan, President Grabar-Kitarović stated that the Comprehensive Long-term Partnership Agreement could be signed between the two countries in the near future.
Expressing full commitment to a secure, stable, prosperous and unified Afghanistan and reiterating the pledges made in Tokyo Conference, the Croatian President said that her country will continue supporting Afghanistan within the framework of the Resolute Support Mission, but also in the fields of girls and women education, vocational opportunities for women, and health.
The Croatian President also met with Afghanistan’s Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who lauded the role of the Croatian troops in NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. H.E. the Chief Executive also stated that the National Unity Government is committed to use all available opportunities and to further strengthen the ties with the international allies of Afghanistan.
The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna also covers matters related to Croatia and enjoys excellent relations with Croatian government bodies and institutions.