Zagreb - Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković and China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Wednesday said in Zagreb that bilateral agreements between the two countries that were signed today in Zagreb and will be signed tomorrow in Dubrovnik will strengthen cooperation and make it more concrete in several areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, sport, science and culture.
Jandroković and Li confirmed that the two countries and peoples nurture traditionally friendly and partner-like relations. It was underscored that this visit, the first ever by a Chinese prime minister to Croatia, will greatly strengthen those relations both politically and economically.
The Chinese prime minister stressed that the Cratian parliament has an essential role in strengthening bilateral relations and deepening mutual understanding between Croatia and China. He underlined the importance that regular political dialogue and exchange of visits at all levels between the Croatian parliament and China's National People's Congress have in developing overall relations between the two countries. Jandroković used this opportunity to invite the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Li Zhanshu, to visit Croatia.
During the talks with China's prime minister, Jandrokovic underscored the importance of the currently largest infrastructure project in Croatia, the construction of the Peljesac Bridge, as the most visible symbol of cooperation between Croatia and China. Both officials consider that another opportunity to strengthen cooperation lies in the One Belt One Road Chinese initiative.
Jandroković emphasised his satisfaction with the increasing number of Chinese tourists coming to Croatia and expressed his belief that tourism cooperation between the two countries will be additionally intensified.
Emphasis was put on the role Croatia can have in relations between China and the European Union.