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Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Thursday that he strongly supported Bosnia and Herzegovina's Euro-Atlantic future and that he expected equality for Croats in relation to the other two constituent peoples in that country.

Speaking in an interview with the Dnevni Avaz daily Oreskovic said, "During all my talks, not just with Bosnia and Herzegovina officials but with European Union leaders, including my (recent) bilateral meeting with (British) Prime Minister David Cameron, I underline the Croatian government's support for efforts by Bosnia and Herzegovina to join Euro-Atlantic associations."

Oreskovic added that the Croatian government would offer political and technical support to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Council of Ministers and provide know-how, experience and expertise gained during Croatia's negotiation process with the EU. "An agreement on European partnership has been prepared and will soon be signed between the Croatian government and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Council of Ministers," Oreskovic added.

He announced stronger economic cooperation, particularly in the fields of agriculture, transport, energy and cross-border cooperation.

Oreskovic announced that he would visit Sarajevo soon and stressed that the position of the Croatian community in Bosnia and Herzegovina was among priority issues.

"Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina are exceptionally important to us, not just because of good neighbourly relations but... because of the Croatian people, who are one of the constituent peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina," Oreskovic said.

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