The German chancellor is not angry over my comment on the migrant crisis, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Wednesday in New York where she was attending an annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
Although a small country, Croatia wants to be stronger and self-confident in dealing with its own, regional and global problems, Grabar-Kitarovic told Croatian Television in an interview about her activities at the General Assembly session.
Another important message is that no country can resolve problems on its own, and as the current migrant crisis shows, the European Union and the world should become involved in order to achieve the agreed development goals, she said.
I have tried to convey this message to the world leaders I have met, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Croatian president said.
Grabar-Kitarovic has been critical of Merkel’s handling of the migrant crisis, which has been condemned by a part of the Croatian public. “Of course she is not angry. This is a sincere relationship between two heads of state,” she said when asked if the German chancellor was angry at her statement that Merkel had caused chaos “by first opening the door to refugees and then suddenly pulling the handbrake.”
“I think that we both appreciate a sincere opinion in a relationship,” Grabar-Kitarovic said.
The Croatian president is due to meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose handling of the migrant crisis has drawn criticism. “Regardless of what we think of moves made by different countries in dealing with this refugee or migrant crisis, the fact is that we must cooperate,” she said.