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Relations between Croatia and Sweden are at a very high level, and Croatia’s forthcoming accession to the European Union is a chance to raise them to an even higher level, Croatian President Ivo Josipovic said in Zagreb on Tuesday after talks with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived in Zagreb on Tuesday for their first official visit to Croatia.

“This has been been an opportunity for us to conclude that relations between Sweden and Croatia are at a very high level. The two countries are cooperating at many levels, from the political and economic to the military level. Croatia’s membership in the EU is a chance for us to raise it to an even higher level,” Josipovic said.

He said that the economic forum “Croatia as a new EU market – How can Sweden be an economic partner?”, which was taking place at Zagreb’s Westin Hotel, was a chance to further improve the already “rich cooperation” between the two countries.

King Carl XVI Gustaf also said that Sweden and Croatia were cooperating in various areas, but noted that there was still room to improve their trade and economic ties. He said that Sweden was a friend of Croatia and that it was closely following the situation in the country.

We are interested in how Croatia is making progress on reforms, the king said. President Josipovic awarded King Carl XVI Gustaf with the highest Croatian state honour, the Grand Order of King Tomislav with Sash and Morning Star, for promoting friendship and cooperation at political, economic and cultural levels between the two countries and for promoting peace, democracy and international stability. Queen Silvia was presented with the Grand Order of Queen Jelena with Sash and Morning Star for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of friendship and mutual cooperation between Croatia and Sweden.

President Josipovic received from the King of Sweden the Order of the Seraphim and the Polar Star. (Hina)

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