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Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic held talks in Kabul on Saturday with Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, who thanked Croatia for the support and contribution of its soldiers to the establishment of peace in his country, the Croatian president's office said in a statement.

The talks, held on the second day of Grabar-Kitarovic's visit to Afghanistan, focused on the situation in that country that has been torn by war for decades, and on ongoing reforms.

Abdullah informed Grabar-Kitarovic about the security situation and challenges Afghanistan was faced with.

He thanked Croatia for its cooperation and support to his country, notably for the contribution of Croatian troops to the establishment of peace and training of Afghan forces, the statement said.

NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan currently includes the fourth Croatian contingent (HRVCON) with 103 members of the Croatian Armed Forces.

Grabar-Kitarovic, who is the Supreme Commander of the Croatian Armed Forces, accompanied by Defence Minister Josip Buljevic, on Friday visited Croatian troops in Mazar-i-Sharif on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Croatian army.

Grabar-Kitarovic on Saturday met with Resolute Support Mission Commander John W. Nicholson, with whom she discussed the mission's situation and concrete tasks as well as plans for the future. They also talked about a NATO summit to be held in Warsaw in July.

Grabar-Kitarovic arrived in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit after visiting Iran.

This is her second visit to that country since she took office.

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