Information carried by several media outlets about the alleged meeting of Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs at the United States Department of State Thomas Shannon is absolutely untrue, the Croatian foreign ministry said in a press release on Thursday.
Some Croatian media have speculated that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled the meeting planned for on Wednesday with Minister Kovac, who travelled to the US to meet his US counterpart, saying that his was America's reaction to the alleged revival of Ustasha symbolism and the state of media freedom and human rights in Croatia. Allegedly, instead of Kerry, Kovac met with Shannon.
"The information released (on Thursday) by several media outlets about the meeting of the Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon is absolutely untrue," the Croatian ministry said in the press release.
Earlier on Thursday, the ministry and the U.S. Embassy to Croatia issued separate press releases saying that the only reason for the postponement of a meeting between U.S. State-Secretary John Kerry and Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac was that there were difficulties in finding an appropriate date for their meeting.
"The Embassy of the United States confirms that the only reason for the postponement of Secretary Kerry’s meeting with Foreign Minister Kovac was mutual scheduling conflicts," a press release from the US Embassy says.
"The relationship between the United States and Croatia remains strong," the press release notes.