FM secures Turkey’s support for Croatia’s OECD accession

ZAGREB, 16 Jan (Hina) – Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman in Turkey on Tuesday strengthened the support for Croatia’s accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and said he was pleased that Croatia-Turkey trade had surpassed US$ 1 billion.

He thanked Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan for the continuous support to Croatia on its path to OECD membership, which is one of Croatia’s foreign policy priorities.

The two countries have good political relations, the Croatian Foreign Ministry said in a press release after the two ministers met in Ankara.

As an EU accession candidate, Turkey remains a key EU partner, Grlić Radman said, reiterating that Croatia will continue to push for a constructive dialogue and cooperation between the EU and Turkey.

The two ministers confirmed that cooperation between Croatia, Turkey, and Bosnia and Herzegovina will continue.

They pointed to a constant growth in trade, which in 2022В surpassed $1 billion for the first time. Preliminary data for 2023 show a continuation of the positive trend.

Grlić Radman welcomed Turkey’s efforts in managing migration and providing for a large number of refugees, and informed Fidan of the efforts Croatia is making to prevent illegal migration.

Tomorrow, Grlić Radman will visit a school in earthquake-hit Adiyaman province rebuilt with Croatian funds.