Ukraine and Croatia have significant untapped potential, and a foundation for new Ukrainian-Croatian business projects will be laid these days. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a statement to the media following a meeting with Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković.
The Head of the Ukrainian state noted the symbolism of the date of the meeting, as in December 30 years ago Croatia recognized the independence of Ukraine, and Ukraine was one of the first to recognize the independence of Croatia.
"First of all, thank you for your continued support for Ukraine, our sovereignty and territorial integrity. I am especially grateful to the Prime Minister for his participation in the founding summit of the Crimea Platform, for his excellent speech and words of solidarity with Ukraine and our people expressed in Ukrainian language," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
According to the President, today during the meeting considerable attention was paid to the deepening of trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine and Croatia, which has significant untapped potential.
"I am confident that these days the foundation for new and successful Ukrainian-Croatian future business projects will be laid," the President said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that representatives of several dozen Croatian companies will take part in the Ukrainian-Croatian business forum, which will take place as part of the visit of the Croatian Prime Minister.
The President thanked Andrej Plenković for the initiative to open a tourist office in Ukraine.
"This will undoubtedly contribute to the mutual growth of tourist flows," he said.
The President of Ukraine thanked the Prime Minister of Croatia for the meaningful meeting.
"I am convinced that the historical closeness of our peoples is the key to a successful today and a successful tomorrow in relations between our countries - between Ukraine and Croatia," he said.
For his part, Andrej Plenković stressed that Ukraine and Croatia have great potential for the development of trade and economic cooperation. According to him, the issue of increasing the investment volume will be discussed during the Ukrainian-Croatian business forum.
"Thus, relations between Ukraine and Croatia could reach a higher level," said the Prime Minister.
Andrej Plenković noted that the opening of a Croatian tourist office in Ukraine will be another step in promoting the country among Ukrainians and will strengthen bilateral cooperation.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia stressed the importance of opening a Croatian Language Center at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. He noted that the activities of the Center will promote wider acquaintance of young Ukrainians with Croatian culture.
Andrej Plenković invited Volodymyr Zelenskyy to visit Croatia at his convenience.