President Shim'on Peres held an official reception for Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, Monday morning in Jerusalem. Before a working meeting between the two, Peres drew an equation between the former Yugoslavia from which Serbia was formed and the need for Israel to continue talks with the Palestinian Authority, saying that Israel learned from Yugoslavia that the most correct solution is the establishment of two independent states living side-by-side in peace. He said that Israel also learned that the future is not one state of conflict but two states for two peoples."
Nikolic responded by noting that both countries have known difficult wars, adding that the challenges of today demand tighter economic, defense and security ties. He said he was proud that the most sophisticated irrigation systems in Serbia were made in Israel and that he would be happy to expand cooperation to additional areas.