Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović is in the Twin Cities today on an official visit.
She was invited to meet members of the Minnesota National Guard to celebrate this year’s 20th anniversary of a state partnership program, which has included humanitarian projects in Croatia.
Minnesota National Guard leaders have met in the past with high ranking Croatians, and officials say, as a result of the longstanding partnership:
Minnesota and Croatia have participated in more than one-hundred bilateral military and civilian engagements. The program has created partnerships that include the efforts of many organizations and individuals such as private firms, civic organizations and non-profit agencies to name a few. The state partnership is a mutual alliance with planning committees in both Minnesota and the Republic of Croatia who work together in a cooperative effort to improve and enrich the lives of everyone it touches. Croatian military leaders have credited this State Partnership Program with helping their country prevail as North Atlantic Treaty Organization member in 2009 and into the European Union in 2013.
The president also was scheduled to meet today with Gov. Mark Dayton.
From here, Grabar Kitarović travels to Chicago, where she will meet with the members of the Croatian community and participate in a charity luncheon,” according to Total Croatia News.