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During a meeting between Prince Charles and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in Zagreb on Monday, the heir to the British throne was particularly interested in the state and potential of the Croatian economy within the framework of the Europe Union, the President's Office said.

The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, began their two-day visit to Croatia with a meeting with President Grabar-Kitarovic.

The President informed Prince Charles and the Duchess about Croatia's achievements since his last visit 20 years ago.

This is the Prince's fifth visit to Croatia and during the talks he recalled his first visit almost 40 years ago and of his visits to Dubrovnik, Split and the Brijuni isles. The President invited the royal couple to continue coming and spending their summer holidays in Croatia.

As the Prince and Duchess are visiting Osijek on Tuesday, the President reflected on the exceptional success of the peaceful reintegration of the Danube river region, saying it required a visionary outlook and courage, and that it was confirmed as one of the most successful UN missions.

The Prince of Wales was particularly interested in the situation and potential of Croatia's economy within the framework of the European Union and, reflecting on the significance of investing in youth, he highlighted a very successful British programme, The Chevening Scholarship, which has provided scholarships for about 100 successful Croatian students.

The President has organised a formal dinner this evening in honour of the British royal couple and it is expected that gifts will be exchanged prior to official toasts.

The royal couple then met in the government building with Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and his wife Sanja Dujmovic Oreskovic and their talks focussed on promoting and continuing good relations between Croatian and British citizens.

Oreskovic showed the royal couple photographs portraying the consequences of the shelling of the government building on 7 October 1991, and two books ("Catalogue of Peace and War" and "Lettere a nessuno") with photographs of the cultural riches prior to the 1990s war and war testimonies as well as pictures of the cultural heritage destroyed during the war.

In the court yard of the government building, the royal couple viewed a plaque where a shell hit the building, while the director of the Croatian Restoration Institute, Mario Braun, informed them of the reconstruction of the building following the shelling, a press release from the government's office said.

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