"Israel firm in refusing to recognize Kosovo"

JERUSALEM -- Israel remains firm in refusing to support the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo.

Veljović and Dačić at Jerusalem's Western Wall (Beta)
Veljović and Dačić at Jerusalem's Western Wall (Beta)

This was confirmed on Tuesday at a meeting between Israeli and Serbian Interior Ministers Eliyahu Yishai and Ivica Dačić in Jerusalem.

Pointing to the high level of mutual political understanding, Dačić said he thanked Israel for the country's principled stand on Kosovo and Metohija.

"Israeli officials have confirmed that Israel will remain firm in its stand," he told Tanjug.

During Dačić's visit to Israel, an agreement was signed between the two governments on cooperation in the fight against crime, illegal trade and abuse of narcotics and psychoactive substances, terrorism and other serious criminal acts.

The Serbian delegation also conferred with Israeli Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen and Minister of Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch.

The delegation also visited the Israeli police which is carrying out difficult tasks, Dačić said.

Israeli and Serbian police forces have stood the test of time over the years and have great experience in fighting terrorism, he added.

Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem also expressed support at the meeting with Dačić to Serbia's just endeavors to preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The meeting with Patriarch Theophilos was the last on the program of the Serbian delegation's two-day visit to Israel.

While in the Israeli capital, Dačić and Serbian police (MUP) Director Milorad Veljović also visited the Western Wall.