May 17, 2016, 1:52 PM
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Croatian President heading for Iran

Belgrade, May 17, IRNA – Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic left Zagreb for Iran Tuesday morning.

She is going to meet her Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani and a number of ranking Iranian officials.

She is going to explore ways to promote bilateral relations.

Talking to reporters in Zagreb Airport, Kitarovic expressed hope that her trip will pave the way for further expansion of ties between the two nations in all areas.

She is the second Croatian president to visit Iran.

Rouhani will officially welcome Grabar-Kitarovic on Wednesday and the two presidents will then begin talks.

In the presence of the Iranian and Croatian presidents, senior officials of the two countries will sign several agreements and memoranda of understanding for bolstering cooperation.

Later in the day, the Iranian president and his Croatian counterpart will also attend a joint press conference.

Grabar-Kitarovic will on Wednesday attend a meeting of Iranian and Croatian representatives of private sectors and meet senior officials.

Croatian leader will wrap up her visit and leave Tehran on Thursday.

Grabar-Kitarovic's trip comes in a series of visits by world leaders to Tehran after the implementation of a nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in July 2015.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany started to implement the JCPOA on January 16.

After the JCPOA went into effect, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the Security Council and the US were lifted. Iran, in return, has put some limitations on its nuclear activities.

The nuclear agreement was signed on July 14, 2015 following two and a half years of intensive talks.

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