At a meeting with Israeli Ambassador to Serbia Yahel Vilan held Friday Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic expressed regret over Israel’s decision to recognize Kosovo’s independence, noting that this has negatively impacted bilateral relations between Serbia and Israel.
Dacic said that, in spite of this, common interests must be sought, primarily for the sake of benefits to both peoples, which have often shared a tragic fate throughout history, especially during World War II, said the Serbian Foreign Ministry.
The officials expressed interest in continued economic cooperation that has been on an upward trajectory in recent years, with growing Israeli investments.
Dacic said he hoped the recent introduction of direct flights between Belgrade and Tel Aviv would have a positive impact on tourism and economic exchange between the two countries.
The Minister noted that Serbia supports the establishment of lasting peace and stability in the Middle East and hopes a way will be found to reach an agreement that will contribute to better life for all people in that region, said the Ministry in a press release.
At the beginning of the meeting Ambassador Vilan expressed his condolences over the recent killings in Serbia and solidarity with the families of the victims.