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Hungary backs Croatia OECD accession

Hungary now backs Croatiaʼs accession to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić said in an interview published in Saturdayʼs issue of Croatian daily Večernji list, Hungarian news wire MTI reported.

"Hungary is a neighborly and friendly country that is connected to us by a number of historical, cultural and other ties, but mainly personal connections are tight and close," the foreign minister told the paper.

Hungary withheld its support for Croatiaʼs OECD accession in the fall of 2017 because of a row over investments at Croatian oil and gas company INA, in which Hungarian peer MOL has management rights, as well as Croatiaʼs conduct concerning MOLʼs chairman and CEO, the paper noted.

Prospective OECD members may only join the organization if they have the unanimous support of all members.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković confirmed on Saturday that Hungary had decided a month earlier to back Croatiaʼs OECD accession. He also said that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán would make an official visit to Croatia.

Večernji list reported that Orbán would participate at a summit of Central European leaders in Zagreb early in December. The Hungarian prime minister has not made an official visit to Croatia since 2011, the paper added.