Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor met with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden yesterday during an official visit to Washington D.C.
Kosor called her visit “the most important day of my political career”. She did not meet with the President Barack Obama, who was hosting Italian President Giorgio Napolitano before heading to California.
At the press conference following the meeting, Kosor thanked the United States for its support for Croatia’s speedy accession into the EU and said: “The Republic of Croatia is going through the most rigorous negotiations for membership of the European Union and I am happy that we have shown readiness and the ability to resolve all obligations tied to the negotiations.”
According to a White House press release, Vice President Biden emphasised U.S. support for Croatia’s EU candidacy, and also expressed appreciation for Croatia’s contributions to NATO operations, particularly in Afghanistan.
With Bosnia and Herzegovina as one of the main topics of the leaders’ discussion, Kosor added that Croatia’s entrance would be an added encouragement for other states in the region to follow.
“That is important for final stability, peace and prosperity in southeastern Europe,” she said.
“For me as prime minister, meeting Vice President Biden is an extra encouragement on the way to realising the three pillars of my mandate: finishing EU negotiations, where we have full and absolute support from the US, fighting corruption, and achieving economic recovery,” the prime minister said at the press conference after meeting with Biden.