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Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is on a working visit to Turkmenistan, where she has met with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in Ashgabat, Grabar-Kitarovic's office said in a statement.

The two heads of state discussed their countries' good bilateral relations and the importance of deepening their cooperation in all areas of common interest, notably the economic sector.

In that context, they discussed concrete business projects involving the Croatian companies Uljanik, Viadukt and TZV Gredelj, whose representatives are accompanying the Croatian president on her visit to Turkmenistan.

They agreed that apart from the shipbuilding industry, there was mutual interest in cooperation in the infrastructure development, the pharmaceutical industry, the chemical industry, agriculture, the energy industry, the rolling stock industry and the production of various equipment.

Speaking of the importance of connecting Europe and Asia, the Croatian president underlined energy security, describing it as one of the key challenges today.

She invited President Berdimuhamedow to pay an official visit to Croatia, which is expected to happen in 2016.

Before their meeting, the two presidents participated via a video conference between the capital city Ashgabat and the city of Turkmenbashi in a ceremony at which a ship made by the Croatian Uljanik shipyard was handed over to a Turkmen client.

President Grabar-Kitarovic attended the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Turkmen state service for sea and river navigation and Uljanik.

She also attended an international conference on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence, at which she said that Turkmenistan had given a great contribution to international peace and stability and to the economic and political development of Central Asia and the Caspian Sea region.

On the margins of the conference, the Croatian president met with Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, with whom she discussed global security threats, the fight against terrorism, and possibilities for expanding the cooperation between Croatia and Iran.

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