Serbia and Israel affirm friendship following talks with Netanyahu

Talks between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  on 11 September were an affirmation between the two countries, Vucic has said.

“An excellent phone conversation with PM Benjamin Netanyahu. The friendship between the Serb and Jewish peoples, Serbia and Israel, was affirmed. Possibly a visit to Jerusalem and building cooperation at all levels soon,” Vucic posted on Instagram.

As part of a pact to normalise economic relations between Serbia and Kosovo signed in the White House on 4 September, Belgrade  pledged to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by 1 July 2021.

Kosovo agreed to mutual recognition with Israel. However, after the signing of the documents at the White House, Vucic said Serbia had undertaken to move the embassy to Jerusalem in a year “if Israel respects Serbia.”

Both parties also pledged to declare the Shia militant group Hezbollah a terrorist organisation.



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