BELGRADE – Spain supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia and it will never recognise Kosovo’s independence, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel García-Margallo said on Wednesday.

This year marks the centenary of the diplomatic relations between Serbia and Spain, where Spain’s support for Serbia’s territorial integrity is a crucial pillar, Margallo said after a meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

Spain also supports Serbia’s path towards EU membership, he said, but noted that economic ties are lagging behind political relations, being very modest and in need of improvement.

The level of economic cooperation is very low, agreed Dacic, adding that it totalled around EUR 340 million last year.

Spain has invested over EUR 125 million in Serbia since 2005, including around 40 million in donations – there is room to enhance that cooperation and we will be working on that, Dacic said.

Spain has always been with Serbia, backing it in the fight against the illegally declared independence of Kosovo and as regards European integration, and we must never forget that, Dacic said.

The two ministers also discussed the fight against terrorism and the migrant crisis.