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Croatia commends Turkey's support in hard times + VIDEO

Croatia appreciates Turkey's support during the "most difficult times", President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has told Anadolu Agency.

"Our bilateral relationship is very good. We do not have any open issues. In particular, not any serious open issues and we have always very much appreciated the support of Turkey to Croatia during the most difficult times," she said on her one-day working visit to the capital Ankara on Tuesday.

Kitarovic met her Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and discussed bilateral relations and international developments.

"As I said, our bilateral relation is pretty good but I do see a lot of potential for further development," the Croatian president said.

She said the trade volume between the two countries had increased up to around €350 million ($417 million) in the first nine months of 2017.

"What I most welcome is President Erdogan's statement in Zagreb that our trade exchange should reach $1 billion. That is what we are aiming for," she added.

Kitarovic said one of the "important" steps to achieve this aim was the establishment of the Croatian Chamber of the Economy that will open in Istanbul in 2018.

She added Zagreb and Ankara had potentials in the areas of food industry, livestock, energy, construction and tourism.

She believes further meetings and bringing business delegations from Croatia to Turkey as well as exploring more opportunities by Turkish businesspeople in Croatia will enhance the investments.