President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday held "productive" talks with his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on all aspects of bilateral relations as the two countries signed four MoUs in the fields of culture, tourism and sports.
Kovind, who was conferred with Croatia's highest civilian award -- the Grand Order of the King of Tomislav, said, "I accept this honour with great humility. Let me dedicate this award to India-Croatia Friendship. May this special gesture strengthen our friendship forever."
"#PresidentKovind and President of Croatia Mrs Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic witnessed signing of four MoUs between both countries in the field of tourism,sports, establishment of chairs in #Sanskrit and #Hindi," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Ravish Kumar tweeted soon after signing of the agreements.
The two countries inked an MoU on cooperation in the field of tourism.
"Croatia attracted nearly 19 million tourists last year...tourist flow from India to Croatia has been increasing sharply every year. The agreement on cooperation in the field of tourism that we signed today will help deepen our links in this important sector," the President said.
The two leaders also agreed to work together to develop a strong global response to defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
They also discussed possibilities of deepening cooperation in research and development projects.
Earlier in the day, to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Kovind offered a bust of the global icon of peace and non-violence to the Croatian government for public display.
Kovind, who is the first-ever Indian head of state to visit Croatia, is in the country from March 25 to March 28.
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