At the invitation of PM Netanyahu, Ms. Jadranka Kosor, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, paid an official visit to the State of Israel on March 30-31, 2011.
Joint Statement of the Prime Minister of Israel and Prime Minister of Croatia upon their meeting on March 30, 2011 in Jerusalem
At the invitation of H.E. Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, H.E. Ms. Jadranka Kosor, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, paid an official visit to the State of Israel on March 30 and 31, 2011.
Prime Minister of Croatia Jadranka Kosor met and held official talks with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Shalom Simhon and president of the Kadima Party and leader of parliamentary (Knesset’s) opposition Tzipi Livni. H.E. Ms. Jadranka Kosor also met with representatives of the Israeli Business Community and presented Investment projects of interest to the Republic of Croatia.
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor expressed their satisfaction with the continued strengthening of the relations between their countries acknowledging the potential for further improvement and enhancement of relations in the fields of economy and tourism.
2. The two Prime Ministers also reviewed regional developments in South East Europe and the Middle East. Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulated Prime Minister Kosor on the progress made in Croatia’s EU accession negotiations expressing hope that Croatia would soon become the European Union’s 28th member state. Prime Minister Kosor expressed interest in the efforts to renew the Middle East Peace process and reiterated Croatia’s support for a two-state solution and Israel’s right to live in peace and security. The two Prime Ministers also exchanged views on recent developments in the Middle East expressing hope that the region is ushering an era of democracy and stability.
3. The two Prime Ministers discussed at length the global economic situation and Croatia’s and Israel’s economic circumstances. Prime Minister Kosor shared with her counterpart her government’s efforts in implementing the Economic Recovery Plan and presented the major infrastructure projects it promotes. Prime Minister Kosor invited Israeli companies and businesses to explore the economic potential and to invest in Croatia as a gateway to Central and South East Europe. The two have also discussed the relations in the field of tourism, emphasizing the potential for increasing the volume of cooperation.
5. During the visit, the two sides have signed Amendments to the Agreement between the Governments for the reciprocal promotion and protection of investments and have confirmed the importance of establishing a Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation (JC) in enhancing bilateral economic relations and trade. The two sides agree that the next JC meeting will be held in Croatia during the visit of Israel’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, Shalom Simhon.
6. The two Prime Ministers agreed to enhance bilateral security and defense cooperation in the fields of mutual interest, encompassing defense industries, research and development, acquisition and modernization of the armed forces, training, education and cooperation between the military units. A regular security and defense dialogue between the two countries will be addressing all aspects of bilateral cooperation as well as important issues of international security. The two Prime Ministers have also agreed to continue cooperation between their national polices in the spirit of the bilateral agreement signed in 2009.
7. With a view of continuing and enhancing political dialogue the Prime Ministers have agreed to establish a joint team of representatives of the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs headed by senior officials. The first joint meeting in this format is to take place in Zagreb, the beginning of July 2011.
8. Prime Minister Netanyahu has reiterated Israel’s appreciation and gratitude for Croatia’s support and assistance to Israel during the difficult days of the fire on the Carmel Mountain as Croatia volunteered a Candair plane and two crews, saying this is a real expression of bilateral friendship and should usher a new era of regional cooperation in confronting natural disasters.
9. Prime Minister Kosor briefed her host of her Government efforts to resolve the issue of Jewish Property Restitution. The two Prime Ministers agreed that this is first and foremost a moral responsibility. Prime Minister Netanyahu commended the ongoing efforts of Croatian Government to educate the young generation of the terrible era of World War II and the historic lesson of tolerance and determination to uproot extremism. Prime Minister Kosor shared her impressions after visiting Yad Va’Shem and applauded its cooperation with Croatian Authorities in their education campaign.
10. Both sides will continue to support the traditionally good cooperation in culture, science and technology, education, medicine, sports and other fields.
11. H.E. Ms. Jadranka Kosor, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia has extended an official invitation to H.E. Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, to visit the Republic of Croatia and expressed her desire that Israel will be represented by a senior Minister at the upcoming Croatia Summit in Dubrovnik.