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Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said during a visit to Paris on Tuesday that he would meet with his two deputies on Wednesday to see how current tensions between them could be defused.

"I have been here two days, I'm leaving Paris today and tomorrow I will meet with Deputy Prime Ministers (Tomislav) Karamarko and (Bozo) Petrov. We will have a talk, have a coffee and see how to defuse tensions, I'm confident that we share the same goals," Oreskovic said at the end of his visit to Paris.

On the second day of his visit, Oreskovic participated in a meeting of the France-Croatia Entrepreneurs' Council at the International Office of MEDEF, the French association of entrepreneurs, and held talks with its secretary-general Pierre Gattaz. He also met with representatives of French companies interested in investing in Croatia.

Asked to comment on the so far biggest political crisis in the Croatian government, Oreskovic said: "We should meet and see how to achieve the common goals and improve citizens' living standards. It's like in a family, we do not always have to agree on some topics, but what we do agree on is our promise to citizens to raise their living standards."

Asked if he was prepared, in case the current government survived, to discuss with the Opposition a major national consensus on the most important issues and if he was ready to reshuffle the government to replace ministers who are not working well, Oreskovic said that he did not want to speculate about possible scenarios.

"Results are here, they are coming, we are working and time will show if changes are needed. Should they be necessary, they will be made but I do not want to speculate about how that might look. I am confident that common sense will prevail and that we will make the best possible decisions."

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