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Need of concrete measures to revive Romanian-Croatian commercial exchanges highlighted by Corlatean, Josipovic

Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean spoke to Croatian President Ivo Josipovic on Wednesday, as part of an official visit the Romanian dignitary is paying to that country, with the two officials agreeing that there is need to launch concrete measures to revive the commercial exchanges.

According to a foreign ministry release to AGERPRES, Corlatean and Josipovic evoked the excellent level of the bilateral relations, the dynamic of the political and diplomatic dialogue over the last period from the angle of Croatia's recent accession to the European Union as well as the potential for the development of the economic cooperation by the stepped up commercial exchanges and boosted investments.

'Given the downward trend of the commercial exchanges, the two dignitaries agreed there is need launch concrete revival measures by the concerned authorities in the two states. Also tackled were issues relating the strengthened economic cooperation, by the use of the regional instruments and the framework offered by the two countries' membership of the European family. The foreign affairs minister underscored the importance of the deepened cooperation within the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, including by the promotion of common economic projects', the ministry said.

Corlatean highlighted the Romanian authorities' interest in the preservation of the Istro-Romanian dialect used by the Istro-Romanian linguistic community based in Croatia, part of the country's immaterial heritage and recorded in UNESCO Red Book of Endangered Languages. He recalled the constant concern for the preservation of the minorities' identity and rights, including those of the Croatian minority based in Romania, by easing their access to tuition in the native language and to parliamentary representation.

The ministry said both the Romanian top diplomat and the Croatian leader said the Croatian-based Romanian minority and the Romanian-based Croatian minority represent genuine cultural bridges linking the two countries and a solid basis for deeper bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

They also swapped views of the European and regional agenda, with emphasis on the developments in the Western Balkan states in continuing the pace of the reforms and advancing on their way to closer ties with the European Union, the release said.