U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac talked on the telephone on Friday about Croatia's future as a regional energy hub, spokesman for the State Department John Kirby said.
Kirby underscored that the U.S. is committed to working together with Croatia to promote regional stability.
Challenges facing Europe, notably energy security was the second important topic of the Kerry-Kovac talks, the State Department said, adding that in this context the two officials discussed Croatia's future as an energy hub.
The State Department confirmed that Kerry and Kovac would meet soon.
Kovac was scheduled to meet Kerry in Washington on Wednesday, but their meeting was postponed due to mutual scheduling conflicts, as reported by the Croatian foreign ministry and U.S. Embassy to Croatia.
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 U.S. to meet his U.S. 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.