Croatians see Turkish President’s visit boosting both countries’ economies

ZAGREB, Croatia

Croatians say they believe Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Croatia will help boost both countries’ economies

Croatia is Erdogan’s last stop on a three-day Balkan tour that took him to Bosnia and Herzegovina and then Serbia earlier this week.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, retired professor Zvonimir Tadic said he thought the visit would be beneficial for Croatia and mentioned his planned stop in Sisak, a town about 57 kilometers (35 miles) away. southeast of the capital Zagreb.

“President Erdogan will now come to Sisak as a leader who regularly meets (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and key Western political leaders. It’s very good because on this occasion Croatia and Sisak will be heard again,” Tadic said.

“I hope the Sisak Mosque will bring peace and unity to this region, where Christians and Muslims live together,” he added.

Local shopkeeper Daniela Spajic also said she believed Erdogan’s visit would have a positive impact, especially on Croat-Muslim relations.

“They (Muslims) are our friends and neighbors, and the Turkish people are among our friends. Tourism or similar business investments from Turkey will be good for the region,” Spajic said.

“Turkish investments in Croatia are very important”

Ivo Vrljic, who fought in the Croatian War of Independence (1992-95), also recalled how Türkiye supported Croatia’s path to independence.

“(Former Turkish President) Suleyman Demirel is one of the few leaders who visited Croatia at this time (of the war). I think the support and cooperation between Turkey and Croatia is important,” Vrljic said.

“Turkey is a big, economically strong country, and I believe economic relations will become even stronger after President Erdogan’s visit. It is also of great importance for the Croatian economy and businessmen,” he added.

Ivor Novak from Zagreb said he recognizes that President Erdogan’s visit to Croatia is of great importance for his country, adding that Turkish businessmen accompanying Erdogan’s visit will open new doors in relations economy between countries.

“We should try to strengthen friendly trade relations between the two countries. I have a very close Turkish friend who moved to Croatia two years ago. He works for different companies, especially companies from Türkiye. Turkish investments in Croatia are very important. There are many more of these investments than most people realize.

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