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Plenković: We condemned Hamas attack, reiterated importance of humanitarian law

We condemned the terrorist attack by Hamas, but also reiterated the importance of compliance with the standards of humanitarian and international law, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said after a working lunch with the president and members of the World Jewish Congress on Tuesday.

The meeting of the Executive Committee of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) was held in Zagreb as part of the Croatian presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

The working lunch was attended by WJC President Ronald Lauder, who called Croatia “one of the best friends”, as well as by members of this organization. Croatian political and public figures were also present.

“This visit by the WJC was primarily intended as an expression of strong support for Croatia as the current IHRA president,” Plenković said, adding that when it was being arranged “we had no idea that it would be held only ten days after Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel.”

That’s why the topics discussed were somewhat different. “We condemned the terrorist attack by Hamas, reiterated Israel’s right to security and self-defense, but also to comply with the standards of humanitarian and international law,” the Croatian prime minister said.

He added that a special video meeting of the European Council will be held on this topic later in the day.

The meeting with the WJC leadership was “very useful for Croatia’s relations with Israel as well as with many Jewish organizations around the world,” Plenković said.