Minister Grlić Radman on solidarity visit to Israel

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Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman on Thursday paid a visit to Jerusalem, where he met with his Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen to convey the Croatian government’s solidarity with Israel and its people following Hamas’ terrorist attack.
Since the day of the attack, 7 October, the Croatian government has repeatedly condemned terrorist acts of war, crimes against civilians and hostage taking.
Zagreb supports Israel in defense of the state, respecting international humanitarian law and the protection of the civilian population.
The meeting was an opportunity for Grlić Radman to ask his Israeli counterpart and the government in Tel Aviv for help in evacuating Croatian citizens from the Gaza Strip as quickly as possible.
During the visit, the minister also met with the families of abducted persons, of whom there are currently 224. He stressed the importance of international coordination and assistance in negotiations.
At its session on Wednesday, the Croatian government decided to send €250,000 in emergency humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza. Croatia is consistently pushing for the EU to continue providing development and humanitarian aid to Palestinian citizens.
Grlić Radman also held talks with Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballo, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and one of the strongest advocates of coexistence in the Middle East. They discussed the difficult humanitarian situation and the role of the international community in seeking immediate and long-term sustainable solutions. The role of the Croatian Franciscans in the Holy Land was also highlighted.

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