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Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac held a lecture at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin on Monday evening at the end of his day-long official visit to Germany, and the topic of his speech was Croatia's foreign policy after the new government took office.

"We want to reinforce our role within the European Union, and therefore I am here in Berlin today," Kovac said while presenting the main guidelines of Croatia's foreign policy in the coming period.

Kovac added that another major task would be to mend Croatia's relations with countries in the neighbourhood.

"During the migrant crisis, some unnecessary tensions occurred towards the governments of Slovenia, Hungary and Serbia. Therefore I want to strengthen our cooperation with our neighbours and not only with those mentioned, but with all neighbours," Kovac said, announcing joint governmental consultations with Slovenia and Hungary.

We would like to make smart use of Croatia's specific geographical position. Croatia is a central European and a Mediterranean country and we would like to reinforce our position in Europe against a background of those facts, the Croatian foreign minister said.

Kovac pointed out a special relationship which Croatia fosters towards Bosnia and Herzegovina and, therefore, his first visit aboard in his ministerial term was to Bosnia and Herzegovina in which, he said, local Croats might become a driving force for the country's integration into Europe.

During a discussion after his lecture in fluent German, Minister Kovac said Croatia had not managed to come to terms with its past, otherwise the trial of Josip Perkovic would not have been conducted in Germany but in Croatia.

Ex-Yugoslav intelligence officials Josip Perkovic and Zdravko Mustac are standing trial in Munich over their alleged role in the murder of Croatian dissident Stjepan Djurekovic near Munich in 1983.

During his stay in Berlin, Kovac held talks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier and also met with Roland Jahn, the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records.

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