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Croatian Defence Minister Josip Buljevic held talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolay Nankov Nenchev in Zagreb on Monday, confirming that the two countries have friendly relations and good bilateral cooperation, the Croatian Defence Ministry said in a press release.

"We achieved a high level consensus in the talks, sharing experience in the defence policy and concluding that we will continue to cooperate successfully in dealing with the migrant crisis, primarily through a continuous exchange of information," said Buljevic.

The two ministers talked about the current situation in Southeast Europe, priorities for an upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw, and possibilities of bilateral defence cooperation.

Regarding the NATO summit, the ministers concluded that it is important to set a restructuring course in line with the new security environment and make sure that NATO protect member states' interests and security in the best way possible, the press release said.

Since Southeast Europe is faced with serious challenges which impact its stability and security, Croatia and Bulgaria, as NATO and EU members, have a special responsibility and interest in promoting them, the press release said.

The ministers said Bulgaria and Croatia would continue with joint efforts in the integration of neighbouring countries which were EU and NATO aspirants.

Nenchev said he was pleased with the visit and that they agreed joint positions on the migrant crisis as well as exchanged views on the modernisation of the two countries' armies and possibilities of enhancing defence cooperation.

A Bulgarian delegation will also meet with representatives of the Croatian parliament and the War Veterans Ministry.

Tomorrow, they are scheduled to visit the eastern town of Vukovar.

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