Croatian and Serbian presidents discuss bilateral relations


Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic met with her Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic on the margins of a UN General Assembly session in New York on Sunday and discussed the crisis in the two countries’ relations caused by an influx of refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The two officials agreed this was not the way to create the necessary atmosphere for regional cooperation and said that they would make efforts to improve the relations between the two countries as soon as possible, media in Belgrade said quoting a press release from Nikolic’s office.

The war of words that broke out between Zagreb and Belgrade due to a huge influx of refugees coming to Croatia from Serbia has brought the two countries’ relations to the lowest level since the rule of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s.