Croatian President accuses governement of undefined foreign policy


Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has said that currently Croatia has an undefined foreign policy and not two foreign policies being pursued in parallel, emphasising that she does not want to be a protagonist in a foreign policy that puts Croatia in conflict with its neighbours.

This statement was made by President Grabar-Kitarovic during her interview with the commercial RTL broadcaster on Sunday evening, when she was asked if Croatia currently was pursuing two foreign policies in parallel, one being pursued by Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and the other by the Croatian president.

Grabar-Kitarovic said that since stepping in as the head of state she had been warning that Croatia’s government had an undefined foreign policy.

Asked by the anchorman whether before her visit to Hungary last week she should have met Prime Minister Milanovic to harmonise Zagreb’s positions, President Grabar-Kitarovic responded that PM Milanovic had never consulted her about positions he would present at the European Council regarding foreign affairs.

She also emphasised that the current government was actually a caretaker government since Croatia’s parliamentary elections had been called for 8 November, which means that the caretaker government’s activities are limited by custom and convention.

In addition, if our foreign policy is to be in conflict with our neighbours, I does not want to participate in that, the president said. (Hina)