“Croatia and Israel are together looking towards the future: this was the conclusion reached after President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović hosted her Israeli counterpart, President Reuven Rivlin, on the first day of his official two-day visit to Zagreb.

‘We are together looking towards the future, but at the same time we are learning from the past. It wasn’t always easy, as there were lots of dark times, but we both have histories rich in national heroes. Every righteous man is a candle in the darkness,’ said President Rivlin after meeting the Croatian president.

The two presidents discussed the similarities between Croatia and Israel. Both countries, it was concluded, are similar in size, are located in turbulent regions of the world and have undergone extensive periods of transition.

‘Croatian society, like every democratic society, maintains an open internal dialogue regarding historical issues even though they are often times quite emotional. This is because many citizens have had painful experiences during the different periods throughout Croatian history. During the official state visit, President Rivlin and I will visit the memorial centre at Jasenovac and pay our mutual respects to all the victims who suffered and died there,’ said Grabar-Kitarović earlier on Tuesday as the leaders visited the Wall of Pain monument at Zagreb’s Mirogoj Cemetery.” (Voice of Croatia)