Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following readout of today’s meeting:
“Today Secretary Panetta met with Croatian Minister of Defense Ante Kotromanovic to discuss mutual interests, including the Afghanistan transition and bilateral defense cooperation. Secretary Panetta also recognized Croatia's continued commitment of forces to ISAF.
“The secretary commended the minister on making progress across Croatia's defense modernization priorities amidst the financial crisis and for Croatia's regional leadership in Southeast Europe, particularly as a mentor on Euro-Atlantic integration processes and in advancing regional initiatives.
“Secretary Panetta and Minister Kotromanovic look forward to working together in the future.”