Exclusive interview: Croatian president says China-Croatia ties are excellent
CGTN
01:08

Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in a recent exclusive interview said Croatia and China relationship "is really excellent and there are no open issues, nothing to resolve."

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Croatia on Tuesday for an official visit to the country and the eighth leaders' meeting of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) in the Croatian seaside city Dubrovnik.

Li is the first Chinese premier to pay a visit to Croatia since the two countries established diplomatic ties 27 years ago. He will also meet President Grabar-Kitarovic later Wednesday.

Talking about what two sides will discuss during Chinese premier's visit, Grabar-Kitarovic said: "There will be a lot of topics on the table to discuss from our bilateral relationship to global issues, issues of global security and stability to the situation in our respective regions, but most importantly in the context of our bilateral relations, further deepening and widening of the relationship in particular to include trade and investment."

The president told CGTN she is looking forward to premier Li's visit and hosting "16+1" summit.

"I have to tell you I'm very much looking forward to saying that visit and when the prime minister of Croatia, the prime minister asked me last year what do you think should we candidate Croatia for the new meeting China plus 16, I said absolutely."

"We want to take over the not take over in the Initiative in terms of but controlling it but pushing it forward because I believe that China can do a lot of good in this part of Europe," Grabar-Kitarovic added.