The Slovenia Times

President Pahor Attends Inauguration of New Croatian President


A day after she was elected, Pahor called Grabar Kitarović to congratulate her, expressing hope that "the exemplary" neighbourly relations will continue under the new president.

At the same time he called for close and sincere cooperation for the benefit of both nations as well as for peace and security in the broader region.

Pundits do not expect any major change in Croatia's relations with Slovenia under the new president, who comes from the centre-right political bloc.

Slovenian Ambassador to Croatia Vojko Volk for instance told the STA at the time that Croatia's foreign policy was not likely to change, though the constitution gives the president power to co-shape foreign policy.

He said he expected that cooperation between Grabar Kitarović and Pahor would be good, as they are both moderate politicians with significant international experience.

The inauguration will be held in St Marc Square, where Grabar Kitarović will take an oath before the president of the Constitutional Court and deliver an address.

This will be followed by a lunch for the invited guests and short bilateral meetings with the heads of foreign delegations.

According to her office, almost 90 foreign delegations have announced to attend the inauguration.

Grabar Kitarović won the election in the 11 January run-off against then then President Ivo Josipović.

She will be the first women president in Croatia and the fourth since the country went independent in 1991, taking office for five years.


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