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Pozdravi! President begins State visit to Croatia

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are in the country which is soon to become the EU’s 28th member state.

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PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has begun a State visit to Croatia as the country prepares to become the 28th member of the European Union next month.

The President, accompanied by his wife Sabina, is holding a private meeting with his Croat counterpart Ivo Josipovic followed by bilateral talks between both delegations today.

Later this evening the President and his wife are attending a State dinner hosted by the Croatian president and his wife, Dr Tatjana Josipovic.

Tomorrow, Higgins meets with Croatian prime minister Zoran Milanović before visiting the University of Zagreb where he will deliver an address entitled Reflecting on the future of Europe: A perspective after 40 years of Membership

On Thursday evening both Presidents will attend a concert and an Irish community reception in Zagreb, with entertainment by the ‘Lunny, Rynne, Barou Trio’.

Up to 200 guests from the local Irish community, Croatians with strong Irish connections and members of the government, business and cultural sectors, will be in attendance.

On Friday, Higgins will visit the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb and later he will attend a business lucnh before departing Croatia for Dublin on Sunday morning.

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