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Kosovo and Serbia to establish their Israel embassy in Jerusalem

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Kosovo will establish its embassy in Jerusalem, making it the first country with a Muslim majority to do so.

Moreover, Serbia has committed to moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, becoming the first European country to make the move.

New diplomatic breakthrough for Israel days after the historic agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize their relations : Kosovo and Israel have agreed to establish diplomatic relations.

Kosovo will establish its embassy in Jerusalem, making it the first country with a Muslim majority to do so.

Moreover, another Balkan country, Serbia, has committed to moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, becoming the first European country to make the move.

It’s U.S. President Donald Trump who told reporters on Friday about Serbia’s decision when speaking to them in the Oval Office at the White House after two days of meetings between Trump administration officials, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti.

Serbia is not a member of the European Union.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the move. “I thank my friend the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic” for the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move his country’s embassy to it. I would also like to thank my friend President Trump for his contribution to this achievement. We will continue our efforts to move more European countries to Jerusalem.”

He said that the embassy relocation was yet another achievement in strengthening Israel’s diplomatic relations and in its efforts to ensure that Jerusalem was recognized as the capital of Israel.Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, who thanked the American administration for continuing to lead Israel to major foreign policy breakthroughs, called on other countries to “follow in Serbia’s footsteps and move their embassies to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.”

He added that “Jerusalem will be a bridge of peace to the whole world.”

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