Serbia is grateful to South Africa for its firm position to respect international law and territorial integrity of Serbia when it comes to Kosovo.

First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this on Tuesday in Belgrade, during his meeting with South African Minister of Defense and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

The two officials agreed that there is a high level of bilateral relations and the readiness for their further strengthening, which date back to the anti-colonial struggle and the Non-Aligned Movement, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

They also expressed interest in exchanging visits at high and the highest level, as well as interest in cooperation in many fields.

The two sides agreed that it is necessary to improve the contractual regulation in all areas for which there is a common interest, and in particular regarding the relaxation of the visa regime.

Opinions on regional issues and the need for joint participation on the multilateral plan and cooperation within international organizations were exchanged, the statement said.