Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (104)

Seán Haughey


104. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to have a bilateral meeting with his Croatian counterpart to discuss Brexit and to strengthen ties between Croatia and Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37583/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Ireland enjoys very good bilateral relations with Croatia, and, as has been the case with all EU member states, the Government has maintained frequent contact with our Croatian counterparts with regards to Brexit.

Most recently, I met with the new Croatian Foreign Minister, Gordan Grlic-Radman, on August 10th and was able to comprehensively brief him on Brexit and the details of the backstop. He expressed full solidarity with the Irish and EU position on Brexit, and I am confident that ties between our two countries will continue to develop along positive lines.   

The Government will have close engagement with our Croatian counterparts in the run-up to the Croatian Presidency in 2020, including during at the monthly meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council.