Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic began her official two-day visit to Slovakia by meeting with her Slovakian counterpart Andrej Kiska in Bratislava on Wednesday.
The Croatian head of state was given a ceremonial welcome outside the Slovakian president's office, a grand baroque palace whose construction was commissioned by Croatian nobleman Antun Graskalovic in 1760, after which the two presidents started talks, scheduled to last about an hour. After the talks, they will address the media together.
President Grabar-Kitarovic will later have a working dinner with Parliament Speaker Peter Pellegrini, after which she will meet Prime Minister Robert Fico.
Grabar-Kitarovic and her hosts are expected to discuss the two countries' relations, with emphasis on their economic cooperation, the status of the Croat and Slovakian ethnic minorities in the two countries and current international issues.
Today, Grabar-Kitarovic and Kiska will open a Slovakian-Croatian business forum. A large business delegation, led by Croatian Chamber of Commerce head Luka Burilovic, is accompanying Grabar-Kitarovic on her visit.
On the first day of her visit to Slovakia, Grabar-Kitarovic will also meet with representatives of the Croat minority living in that country.