Serbia will move embassy to Jerusalem, Israel and Kosovo to establish diplomatic relations

September 6, 2020 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Serbia announced it will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem and following Israel’s decision to establish diplomatic relations with Muslim-majority Kosovo, Kosovo has announced it will open its embassy in Jerusalem.

The two historic announcements were made as part of a normalization agreement between Serbia and Kosovo brokered by US President Donald Trump and signed at the White House on Friday.

Serbia, which said it will relocate its embassy by July 2021, is the first European country to open an embassy in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked his “friend” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic for “the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to transfer to it his country’s embassy.”

He also thanked Trump for “his contribution to this achievement. We will continue efforts so that additional European countries will transfer their embassies to Jerusalem.”

Trump telephoned Netanyahu during the meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Abdullah Hoti and congratulated the two leaders on their decision to establish full diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“Kosovo will be the first Muslim majority country to open an embassy in Jerusalem. As I have been saying in recent days, the circle of peace and recognition of Israel is expanding and additional countries are expected to join it,” Netanyahu stated.

Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi welcomed Serbia’s announcement as “an important and courageous step that testifies to the depth of relations between Israel and Serbia and will lead to the strengthening of the friendship between the two nations.”

Israel views the decision of Serbia and Kosovo to establish embassies in Jerusalem “as a symbolic step towards promoting peace between these countries. The city of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel, will constitute a bridge of peace to the entire world,” he added, calling on other countries to follow in their footsteps and move their embassies to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.”

Ashkenazi also thanked Trump and the US administration for leading the move and “for its regional and international leadership.”

“The US administration continues to lead to significant diplomatic breakthroughs, both in our relations with Serbia and Kosovo, as in the promotion of normalization and the historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Israel has no better ally than the United States,” he said.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan celebrated the development as “another breakthrough, another Muslim country normalizing ties with Israel.”

“After the UAE and Kosovo, I believe more Muslim and Arab states will opt for peace, leaving the Palestinians isolated. Perhaps this will convince future Palestinian leaders to make concessions for peace,” he tweeted.

Czech President Miloš Zeman, who has long campaigned for the relocation of his country’s embassy to Jerusalem, welcomed the announcement by the two countries.

Jerusalem’s Mayor Moshe Lion welcomed the move and said that the capital “is the natural place of all the embassies located in the country and I believe that in the coming years more countries will move their missions to Jerusalem.”

The Czech Republic has a cultural and trade centre in Jerusalem, and Brazil and Honduras have trade offices in the capital.

Guatemala opened an embassy in the city in May 2018 a day after the US became the first country in the world to do so.

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2 Responses to “Serbia will move embassy to Jerusalem, Israel and Kosovo to establish diplomatic relations”
  1. michael kuttner says:

    Don’t hold your breath on this one!!!

    The EU has already warned Serbia it can’t join if it recognizes Jerusalem as our Capital and moves its Embassy there.

    Kosovo is already back peddling as fast as it can and attempting to placate Turkey.

  2. Lynne Newington says:

    History books speak of a long relationship between the Israel and Serbia at least…..many acknowledged as Righteous Among Nations…
    Why should anyone be surprised?

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