Serbia considering opening embassy in Palestine - FM
First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic spoke late on Sunday in New York with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Palestine Riyad al-Maliki.Source: B92
The Palestinian minister "conveyed the greetings of President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas and gratitude for the welcome he had been given during his visit to Belgrade in June this year," the Serbian government said on its website, and added:
Al-Maliki expressed the hope that a meeting of the joint committee of the two countries will be held soon, which will give a positive impetus to the improvement of bilateral relations, and thanked for the support of Serbia to the resolution submitted by Palestine, which asks for UN non-member observer states to be allowed to raise the flag at the headquarters and other offices of the UN."
Dacic said that Serbia is "considering possibilities to open an embassy in Ramallah."
The Palestinian minister "expressed his belief that this issue will soon be realised and said that Palestine is ready to help Serbia in searching for a location."
He "stressed that this is an important political message, but also a message to businessmen and entrepreneurs, and expressed hope that the minister of foreign affairs of Serbia will soon visit Ramallah."
Dacic "underlined that the membership of Kosovo in UNESCO is unacceptable and asked for understanding."
Al-Maliki "expressed full understanding for Serbia's position and reiterated the position of his country when it comes to non-recognition of the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo," the government website said, quoting a statement by the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.