Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Photo: AFP
Kosovo's embassy in Jerusalem

Turkey asks Kosovo to reconsider embassy in Jerusalem

In a letter to newly-elected Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti, Erdogan warns that diplomatic mission in the Israeli capital could jeopardize future relations between the two countries

Associated Press |
Published: 03.25.21 , 22:32
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked Kosovo's new prime minister to reconsider the Balkan nation's recent opening of an embassy in Jerusalem.
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  • Erdogan made the request in a letter congratulating Prime Minister Albin Kurti, who took office earlier this week. Kurti's media office released a copy of the letter Thursday.
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    השגרירות החדשה
    השגרירות החדשה
    Kosovo's embassy in Jerusalem
    Kosovo formally opened an embassy to Israel in Jerusalem last month following the establishment of diplomatic ties with Israel on Feb. 1 and a White House summit Kosovo's now-former prime minister attended in September with then then-U.S. President Donald Trump and Serbian President Aleksander Vucic.
    Kosovo became the first European country and the first Muslim-majority one to establish an embassy in downtown Jerusalem in the western part of the city, following the United States and Guatemala.
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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    (Photo: AFP)
    Erdogan had warned Kosovo's government earlier that the move could damage future relations with ally Turkey.
    Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, captured by Israel 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 countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.
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    גבי אשכנזי במעמד החתימה על הסכם כינון יחסים עם קוסובו
    גבי אשכנזי במעמד החתימה על הסכם כינון יחסים עם קוסובו
    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
    (Photo: EPA)
    Under Trump, the U.S., was the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, followed by Guatemala.
    Several other countries have either opened or pledged to open lower-level diplomatic offices in the city.

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