Ottawa, 13 April 2018

Joint statement by Croatian and Canadian Ambassadors on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations

Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Canada Marica Matković and Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Croatia Daniel Maksymiuk issued the following statement marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Croatia and Canada:

“Twenty-five years ago, the Republic of Croatia and Canada established full diplomatic relations. Today, we celebrate our flourishing friendship and cooperation, along with all of the achievements of our two countries.

Today, our countries are Allies in NATO, committed to our collective security and to promoting peace around the world. This commitment is all the more profound given the challenges Croatia faced during the 1990's and Canada's peackeeping efforts in Southeastern Europe.

Canada and Croatia are champions of open markets, open economies, and trading relations that advance the values of transparency and sustainability. We are partners in CETA, the most ambitious and progressive trade agreement ever, which the Republic of Croatia was one of the first EU members to ratify.

Our excellent bilateral relations are enriched by a vibrant and dynamic community of Croatian-Canadians, many of whom are professionally active in both countries, who contribute to Canada’s diversity and connect our two countries even more closely.

The past quarter-century of cooperation has seen many other achievements; in multilateral diplomacy, security and defense, trade and investment, research and innovation, culture and the arts. Today, the Republic of Croatia and Canada are friends and partners, looking forward to growing commercial ties, dedicated to advancing the fundamental values that we share, and facing the challenges of the future together.

Over the coming year, there will be a full program of activities and visits across Croatia and Canada, as well as engagement on social media. We invite Croatians and Canadians to join us and participate in celebrating this important anniversary!”