The Labour and Solidarity Party will support President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in the presidential election, party leader Milan Bandic said on Sunday.
The President has strengthened Croatia's international position, promoted unity and shown social awareness as well as openness towards citizens, he said.
"One should appreciate her ability and diplomatic skills to strengthen Croatia's position in the EU, while at the same time keeping exceptional relations both with Trump and Putin as well as being an eminent guest at the most important global forums and initiatives," Bandic said.
Grabar-Kitarovic has connected Croatia with central European countries and the Three Seas Initiative is a step forward in the foreign policy, which was "trapped" in the region for years, he said, adding that the President had correct relations with the neighbouring countries and that she pushed for the establishment of new bridges of cooperation.
Bandic said the President encourages understanding among people has been the spokesperson for the common citizens and the weak and that Croatia needs to have unity and optimism restored, which is what Grabar-Kitarovic has been doing over the past five years.
Bandic said he was not running for president because of the work he still has to do as the mayor of Zagreb.