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Australia opens Consulate in Zagreb



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MT 75 Date: 21 September 1992

AUSTRALIA OPENS CONSULATE IN ZAGREB

The Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dr Neal Blewett, announced the opening of an Australian Consulate in Zagreb, the capital of the Republic of Croatia.

"Australia was among the first countries which recognised Croatia as an independent state on 16 January 1992 and diplomatic relations were established in February . 1992", Dr Blewett said.

"The opening of a Consulate, to be headed by an Honorary Consul, recognises the strong community links which exist between Australia and Croatia and is a practical step in Australia's desire to broaden its links with Croatia", Dr Blewett said.

Dr Blewett also said that with the appointment of Dr Goroslav Keller as Honorary Consul, Australia will now have a solid presence in Zagreb. Dr Keller, an associate Professor of Economics at Zagreb University, was well established in business circles in Croatia. Dr Keller is also the local Austrade representative in Zagreb. "He is well placed to advance Australia's interests in Croatia", Dr Blewett said.

The establishment of a Consulate will provide Australians with access to a range of Consular services and a "shopfront" for general enquiries. Diplomatic relatiOns with Croatia and visa entry processing will, however, continue to be conducted through the Australian Embassy, Vienna.

Dr Blewett said that Australia also welcomed Croatia's decision to establish diplomatic and consular representation in Australia in the near future.

The address of the Australian Consulate is: Hotel Esplanade, Mezzanine Floor, Mihanoviceva 1, Zagreb, telephone 0038-41-451 663; fax 0038-41-428 781

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