Muslim-Majority Kosovo Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

Kosovo opened its embassy in Jerusalem. (Photo: via Kosovo MFA)

Kosovo opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Sunday, joining the United States and Guatemala as the only countries with embassies in a city whose status is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian “conflict”, reports Reuters.

Muslim-majority Kosovo promised to locate its embassy in Jerusalem when it established diplomatic ties with Israel last year under US sponsorship.

Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry said on Twitter that with the embassy’s opening, “the pledge given in the Oval Office today is finally fulfilled”.

Israel sees its new ties with Kosovo as part of its broader normalisation with Arab and Muslim countries under agreements sponsored by former US President Donald Trump.

Wasel Abu Youssef, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said the opening of Kosovo’s embassy in Jerusalem contradicted UN resolutions and aimed to “weaken the Palestinian cause”.

No date was immediately announced for a formal opening ceremony.

On Thursday, the Czech Republic opened a diplomatic office in Jerusalem, a branch of its embassy in Tel Aviv, a move that drew condemnation from the Palestinians and Arab League.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who with broad international backing want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as their capital.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem after the 1967 conflict in a move that has not won international recognition.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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1 Comment

  1. I am from Vancouver,Canada and i wanted to say that Kosovo has joined the reactionary UAE in supporting Israeli Apartheid.Im am sure that the people of Kosovo like the people of the UAE don’t like what their Gov’t is doing in recognizing Israel.The people of Kosovo will fight against this reactionary Zionist decision by their Gov’t.
    The number of Gov’ts and people that support Palestine are much more than those that support Israel.Palestine is making gains while Israel is losing ground.All countries in the world have a majority of people who support Palestine.From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free.

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