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Greece To Stand Firm on Non-Recognition of Serbia’s Kosovo Province

Greece will not change its position on non-recognition of the secessionist province of Kosovo, the presidents of Greece and Serbia said at a meeting in Belgrade on Tuesday.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou arrived in Belgrade on Monday for a two-day official visit. Sakellaropoulou and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic discussed topics including the strategic cooperation between Greece and Serbia, strengthening stability in the region, and Serbia’s European integration.

Sakellaropoulou underlined the “exceptional” bilateral relations between Greece and Serbia for the last 150 years, and supported the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, adding: “Our position regarding Kosovo and Metohija remains unchanged.”

She also expressed her desire to deepen the Serbia-Greece strategic partnership in the fields of energy, culture, tourism, and defense.

At a press conference after the meeting, Vucic said: “Serbia and Greece have confirmed their commitment and support to the principles of the UN Charter and UN resolutions on the territorial integrity of both.”

Greece is among five European Union member countries that refuse to recognize the unilateral independence of Serbia’s southern province of Kosovo.

Vucic said that during his discussions with Sakellaropoulou, he had emphasized the importance of finding compromise solutions in talks with temporary authorities in Kosovo province, to safeguard regional peace and stability.

Sakellaropoulou also expressed her support for Serbia to become a member of the EU, he said.