26.07.2016

President Nikolic with the Ambassadors of Israel and Swiss Confederation

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Monday held separate meetings with outgoing Swiss and Israeli Ambassadors Jean-Daniel Ruch and Joseph Levy, highlighting the significance of regional peace and stability

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Monday held separate meetings with outgoing Swiss and Israeli Ambassadors Jean-Daniel Ruch and Joseph Levy, highlighting the significance of regional peace and stability.

"Serbia is striving to maintain regional peace and stability in these difficult times, in spite of the fact that, due to their internal political relations, individual countries in the region are not investing sufficient effort to establish lasting stability," Nikolic said.

"We are pursuing a policy aimed at defining us as a part of the European community as much as possible," Nikolic noted.

Peace and stability in Europe and among global powers is a crucial interest of both Serbia and Switzerland, Nikolic and Ruch agreed.

Even though it is not an EU member state, Switzerland backs Serbia's efforts to become a full member of the organisation, and Serbia has proved it is pursuing a mature policy, Ruch said, adding that Serbia's EU membership would therefore contribute to lasting stability in the entire region, the presidential press office said in a statement.

Nikolic and Levy expressed concern over mass terror attacks in Europe over the past months, while the Israeli ambassador noted that Israel was also interested in a calming of tensions in the Middle East.

Speaking about Serbia-Israel relations, Nikolic and Levy said they were exceptional but that there was still room for improvement of bilateral cooperation.

Levy reiterated Israel's resolve not to recognise the unilaterally declared independence of "Kosovo", the statement said.