Police officers walk past Kosovan and Israeli flags displayed during a ceremony in Pristina in February after the countries established diplomatic ties
Police officers walk past Kosovar and Israeli flags displayed during a ceremony in Pristina in February after both countries established diplomatic ties
Photo: AFP
Police officers walk past Kosovar and Israeli flags displayed during a ceremony in Pristina in February after both countries established diplomatic ties

Kosovo officially opens embassy in Jerusalem

Following establishment of diplomatic ties with Israel last month, the Balkan nation becomes the first European country and Muslim-majority one to establish its mission in the Holy City

Associated Press |
Published: 03.14.21 , 16:55
Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it has formally opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.
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  • A statement said the move was made after the establishment of diplomatic ties with Israel on Feb. 1 and a Kosovo-Serbia summit held at the White House in September.
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    Police officers walk past Kosovan and Israeli flags displayed during a ceremony in Pristina in February after the countries established diplomatic ties
    Police officers walk past Kosovan and Israeli flags displayed during a ceremony in Pristina in February after the countries established diplomatic ties
    Police officers walk past Kosovar and Israeli flags displayed during a ceremony in Pristina in February after both countries established diplomatic ties
    (Photo: AFP)
    “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora announces that the Kosovo Embassy in the State of Israel, with headquarters in Jerusalem, officially has been opened,” said the statement.
    Palestinians claim East Jerusalem, captured by Israel from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed, as the capital of a future state.
    Most of the international community doesn’t recognize the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem and says the competing claims to the city should be resolved through negotiations. Most international embassies are in Tel Aviv.
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    Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Kosovo's Foreign Minister Meliza Haradinaj Stublla attend a virtual ceremony to sign an agreement establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and Kosovo in the Israeli foreign ministry in Jerusalem
    Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Kosovo's Foreign Minister Meliza Haradinaj Stublla attend a virtual ceremony to sign an agreement establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and Kosovo in the Israeli foreign ministry in Jerusalem
    Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Kosovar counterpart Meliza Haradinaj Stublla attend a virtual ceremony to sign an agreement establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and Kosovo in the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Kosovo becomes the first European country and Muslim-majority one to establish its embassy in Jerusalem, following the U.S. and Guatemala.
    Kosovo’s decision was taken when outgoing Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti met with Serb President Aleksandar Vucic at the White House in September with then-U.S. President Donald Trump.
    “Setting of the plaques and the state flag at the Kosovo Embassy in Israel reflects the Government of Kosovo’s commitment to comply with the pledge for establishing the diplomatic mission to Jerusalem,” it said.
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    Kosovar PM-Designate Albin Kurti
    Kosovar PM-Designate Albin Kurti
    Kosovar PM-Designate Albin Kurti
    (Photo: AP)
    Albin Kurti, prime minister-designate, has found himself in a difficult diplomatic position ahead of taking up his post after pressure from Turkey, a close ally of the new Western Balkan country to change its mind about the Jerusalem location.
    Kurti has said that “The place where the embassy will be located is to be considered following checking of the documentation of the outgoing government.”
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Kosovo that the move could damage future relations with his country.
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