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Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture of India, Mrs. Meenakashi Lekhi, MoS (ML), paid an official visit to Croatia from 15-17 April 2023. MoS (ML) met on 17 April with representatives of the University of Zagreb and constituents who cooperate with Indian higher education institutions in the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb. MoS signed MoU between Lalit Kala Akademi and Academy of Fine Arts which has detailed specifics of cooperation for the five year period of 2023-28.

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This MoU, when executed, would create new connections between our artists and youth and make our relationship stronger bottom up. MoS also, alongwith Rector, planted a tree at the university campus to symbolize the foundational seeds that were sown during this visit of MoS to the University of Zagreb. MoS visited the Special Hospital of St. Katarina, a leading genomics centre of Croatia. During the visit, MoS was introduced to the projects of whole genome analysis in clinical practice, treatment of osteoarthritis with mesenchymal stem cells, genetic predictive tests, pharmacogenomics and other projects through which the Special Hospital of St. Katarina has gained worldwide recognition. Today, the hospital has great cooperation with Indian scientists, especially in the field of human genome analysis and in the field of forensic science. Ms. Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Minister of Culture and Media of Croatia and her delegation had a meeting with Indian delegates led by MoS. They discussed the possible intensification of cooperation between Croatia and India in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage, archaeology, archival, museum and audiovisual activities and in the visual and performing arts. Experiences and ideas about possible collaboration between artists and experts were exchanged, as well as the need to establish better collaboration in underwater archaeological heritage research. MoS met the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Mr Frano Matušić, during a working lunch, where they discussed the regional situation as well as areas of interest for strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially in education, economy, culture and technology between Croatia and India. MoS invited the Secretary of State to India at a mutually convenient time. MoS also visited ISKCON, Zagreb and participated in a prayer held there. The visit of MoS (ML) contributed in strengthening multiple dimensions of India-Croatia partnership.

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