“The heads of state from across the European Union, as well as the United States and the Holy See, have sent messages to the Croatian president ahead of Statehood Day on June 25th.

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has received congratulatory messages on behalf of all Croatian citizens from numerous world leaders ahead of Statehood Day, including US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the heads of several EU member-states, and Pope Francis.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković issued a message wishing all citizens a happy Statehood Day ahead of Monday’s official holiday celebrations. The prime minister also took the opportunity to praise the courage, determination and perseverance of the Croatian Armed Forces. He also vowed to continue implementing structural reforms.” (Voice of Croatia)

“Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Sunday in Brussels that there will be no reception centers for migrants in the area of the Croatian Southeast Neighborhood and that at the mini summit on migration, the leaders of 16 EU countries mostly discussed reception centers outside the EU.

‘We discussed mainly about the possibilities of reception centers outside the EU territory, and there was no debate that would be within the EU. On the contrary, the idea is to find solutions to Turkey’s, Jordan, and Lebanon solutions that would prevent major migration waves in the future,’ Plenkovic told reporters after the mini-summit on migration and asylum to which 16 EU member states responded.” (translated from Jutarnji List)

“The US-based company Castleton Commodities International (CCI) expressed its readiness to be a new strategic partner of INA, Croatia’s national oil company, Croatia’s Government has confirmed to N1.

N1 television had asked the Government for details regarding local media reports that US company CCI sent an official letter containing this information to Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic in March.

‘Our Government can confirm that on March 12, 2018, it received a letter from Castleton Commodities International LLC, sent by CCI’s vice president Mr. Zichichi. In the letter, Mr Zichichi expresses an interest in a strategic partnership with INA and the Croatian Government, as well as an interest in assisting with the purchase of Hungarian oil company MOL’s holdings in INA,’ the Government said in a statement to N1.” (N1)