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India, Croatia ink four pacts in culture, tourism and sports sectors

Press Trust of India  |  Zagreb 

on Tuesday held "productive" talks with his Croatian counterpart 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 of Tomislav, said, "I accept this honour with great humility. Let me dedicate this award to India-Friendship. May this special gesture strengthen our friendship forever."

"#PresidentKovind and of 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 tweeted soon after signing of the agreements.

The two countries inked an MoU on cooperation in the field of tourism.

"attracted nearly 19 million tourists last year...tourist flow from 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 said.

An MoU was signed between the (SAI) and the of the for capacity building in sports.

Two agreements were signed to establish (ICCR) for Sanskrit and Hindi language at the

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 for public display.

The President is in the European country as part of his eight-day three-nation visit to Croatia, and to further strengthen bilateral ties between and the three countries.

Kovind, who is the first-ever Indian head of state to visit Croatia, is in the country from March 25 to March 28.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 26 2019. 21:20 IST