FM attends Transatlantic Initiative meeting in New York

FM attends Transatlantic Initiative meeting in New York Izvor: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL

Croatia's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Marija Pejcinovic-Buric, is participating in the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York, and on Tuesday evening she attended a meeting of the Transatlantic Initiative.

"This was very important because this is the usual format in which European Union and NATO member states and other countries meet," Pejcinovic-Buric told the press, adding that about 30 countries attended.

"Last year the meeting did not take place and this one marked a great step forward, showing that transatlantic relations are extremely important for all the participants in this initiative. That's why we are all grateful to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the meeting was held this year," she said.

There are differences of opinion on certain subjects, but what is important is dialogue, she said, adding that one of the topics discussed was Ukraine.

Pejcinovic-Buric also attended a meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean, and said that a ministerial meeting would be held in about ten days to discuss further activities and solutions for the future of the northern and southern coasts of the Mediterranean in search of peace.

She also met with the foreign ministers of Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, with whom she discussed the situation in southeast Europe as well as Iran and the nuclear deal.

Pejcinovic-Buric will conclude her stay in New York by attending a meeting of the Central European Initiative, which is currently chaired by Croatia. The focus will be on European integration because most of the 18 participating countries are not EU members and are in different stages of accession.

"That's why this framework is important to maintain stability in the region," she said.

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