Croatian Minister visits Pentagon

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, welcomed Croatian Defense Minister Ante Kotromanovic, to the Pentagon. The two defense leaders met to discuss issues of mutual concern, including the Afghanistan transition and bilateral defense cooperation. Panetta 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.