Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic held talks in Krakow on Tuesday with the newly-elected Polish President Andrzej Duda about a number of political and economic topics, with emphasis on the need to strengthen connections between the Adriatic and Baltic regions.
“We are working together on opening a much more intensive dialogue between the Baltic and the Adriatic region,” Grabar-Kitarovic said after talks with Duda, adding that plans for cooperation included the linking of transport corridors and transport infrastructure, energy and energy security, and cooperation in security issues, including the crisis in Ukraine, the crisis in the south of Europe and migrations.
The Croatian president said that linking the Adriatic and the Baltic region would make corridors such as Vc more meaningful for Croatia, and that Croatia and Poland advocated, as the leaders of this initiative, its joint presentation in NATO and the EU.
Grabar-Kitarovic has already sent invitations to leaders of the countries of the Adriatic-Baltic region, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the countries of the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland) and Austria and Slovenia to attend a summit to be held on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York at the end of September.
Duda said that the two countries shared a foreign policy past that had not been exploited sufficiently as well as a joint promising future, describing Grabar-Kitarovic’s initiative for cooperation between the Adriatic and Baltic regions as an indicator of a more ambitious and stronger foreign policy.
During her brief visit to Krakow, President Grabar-Kitarovic laid a wreath in the Wawel Cathedral at the tomb of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, killed in a plane crash in Russia five years ago.
She also paid tribute to Polish statesman Jozef Pilsudski and Pope John Paul II.
Later in the day, Grabar-Kitarovic was expected to attend the 25th Economic Forum in Krynica, where political and business elites of central and eastern Europe traditionally meet.