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President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic held several bilateral meetings on the fringes of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, among else with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Jawad Kadhim Al-Abadi, the President's Office has reported.

Grabar-Kitarovic and PM Turnbull discussed possibilities for bilateral cooperation, particularly in the field of shipbuilding, education and the IT sector. Turnbull showed great interest in the "Three Seas Initiative" and the talks turned to possibilities and potential cooperation in the context of connecting the countries of the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas, the press release says.

The talks with Iraqi premier reflected on potential mutual cooperation.

"The President said that Croatia has a wealth of experience in construction and infrastructure as well as food production with halal certification while the Iraqi PM expressed interest in Croatia's know-how and technology in mine clearing," and great interest was shown in stronger cooperation in tourism.

"During the meeting there was talk on events in the countries of Southeast Europe accentuating the refugee and migrant crisis. In the context of security, the two officials agreed that any radicalisation was particularly dangerous" the press release notes.

Grabar-Kitarovic on Tuesday conducted a bilateral meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and discussed strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

President Grabar-Kitarovic will participate at the 71st UN General Assembly on Wednesday and will deliver her address at the general debate on the topic of “The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform Our World.”

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