NEW YORK – The President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović started off her visit to the United States by meeting with the Croatian community at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation.
“As Croatian President, I am especially proud of my Croatian people, and I seek to promote a Croatian society that is open towards our Diaspora, being aware of the immense potential that lies in the ‘other’ Croatia, which is outside of the borders of our Homeland and dispersed throughout the world”, President Grabar-Kitarović said, adding that “our joint task is to establish closer ties between the Croatian Homeland and descendants of Croats who have emigrated several decades ago”.
She stressed that for young members of the second, third and fourth generations of Croats it is necessary to make visits to Croatia simpler and to assist everyone who wishes to integrate into Croatian society, by maintaining the current educational programs and Croatian language courses.
“We are gathered here today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the National Federation of Croatian Americans and all of you who are members of the NFCA have already been, for the past 25 years, the voice of the Croatian Homeland among the American people and in the political and social spheres. You have invested great efforts in addressing key issues that are of interest to the Croatian people in the Republic of Croatia and in building ties between the Homelands of the Croatian people and US society, and for all your efforts and patriotism, we are especially grateful”, President Grabar-Kitarović said speaking to members of the Croatian Diaspora, while also conveying the message of how proud she is of them and that they are one of the main pillars of her Presidential agenda.