Another Trump Diplomatic Breakthrough: Muslim-Majority Kosovo To Recognize Israel, Serbia To Move Embassy to Jerusalem
PM Netanyahu: “Kosovo will be the first Muslim-majority nation to open an embassy in Jerusalem … the circle of peace is expanding and more nations are expected to join.”
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Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties with Israel, the White House announced in a statement on Friday. Both countries, part of the former Yugoslavia, will relocate their embassies to Jerusalem, news reports said. The move will make Kosovo the first Muslim-majority country to open a diplomatic mission in the Holy City, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Friday.
The announcement comes on the heels of a landmark cooperation agreement between Christian Orthodox Serbia and Muslim-majority Kosovo which seeks to normalize the relations between the two former rivals in the Balkan region. The wide-ranging agreement is a major diplomatic victory for U.S. President Donald Trump who brokered the deal, and Ambassador Richard Grenell, the White House special envoy for Kosovo and Serbia negotiations.
“Kosovo and Israel have agreed to normalization of ties and the establishment of diplomatic relations. Serbia has committed to opening a commercial office in Jerusalem this month and to move its embassy to Jerusalem by July,” President Trump said in a statement on Friday.
Friday’s announcement was welcomed by the Israeli government. “Kosovo will be the first Muslim-majority nation to open an embassy in Jerusalem. As I said in recent days the circle of peace is expanding and more nations are expected to join,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said.
The Associated Press reported the normalization of diplomatic ties between Israel and the two Balkan nations:
President Donald Trump announced Friday that Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to normalize economic ties as part of U.S.-brokered talks that include Belgrade moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, and mutual recognition between Israel and Kosovo.
After two days of meetings with Trump administration officials, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti agreed to cooperate on a range of economic fronts to attract investment and create jobs. The announcement provided Trump with a diplomatic win ahead of the November presidential election and furthers his administration’s push to improve Israel’s international standing.
“I’m pleased to announce a truly historic commitment,” Trump said in the Oval Office, standing alongside the two leaders. “Serbia and Kosovo have each committed to economic normalization.”
“After a violent and tragic history and years of failed negotiations, my administration proposed a new way of bridging the divide. By focusing on job creation and economic growth, the two countries were able to reach a major breakthrough,” the president said.
Trump said Serbia has committed to open a commercial office in Jerusalem this month and move its embassy there in July.
Serbia’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a nod to both Israel and the United States. The Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in late 2017 and moved the U.S. embassy there in May 2018.
These are truly historic days for the Middle East. Two weeks after the United Arab Emirates became the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan, to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish State, Serbia and Kosovo are set to become the first European nations to open their embassies in Jerusalem.
Congratulations to @predsednikrs Vucic for announcing the move of Serbia’s Embassy to Jerusalem by July. It is a brave and historic move!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
President Trump faced a barrage of criticism from the mainstream media and hostility on the world stage when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017. The United Nations passed a resolution condemning the move, 128 to nine. The European Union rejected the move, while Muslim countries spearheaded by Iran and Turkey, launched a fierce diplomatic campaign against the announcement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government reportedly bullied European countries to prevent them from recognizing Israel’s capital, media reports said.
For two long years, the U.S. president brushed all that aside and worked towards reconciliation in the Middle East; unveiling the Trump peace plan in January 2020 and brokering the Israel-UAE peace agreement last month.
I welcome the announcement of Israeli PM @netanyahu about the genuine intention to recognize #Kosovo and establish diplomatic relations. Kosovo will keep its promise to place its diplomatic mission in #Jerusalem ??????— Hashim Thaçi (@HashimThaciRKS) September 4, 2020
The developments on Friday not only bear good news for Israel as the country seeks to normalize diplomatic relations with Arab and Muslim countries, it also brings stability to the most volatile region in Europe. By getting Christian Orthodox Serbia and Muslim-majority Kosovo to agree to work together, President Trump has accomplished another historic milestone of his current four-year term.
Ambassador Richard Grenell schools Washington reporters on the significance of Serbia-Kosovo agreement
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Fantastic. Trump and his administration have done more for real peace in this world than anything the last three presidents have done. Especially Obama, Mr. Nobel Peace Prize, who in reality made things in a lot of places worse.
The Nobel people will never give Trump a peace prize but the history books will show Trump has done a lot for peace in less than four years.
Also fantastic was watching Richard Grenell slap the media because all they want to do is talk about him being gay instead of all the other work he’s done.
Link for Grnell slap: https://twitter.com/thebradfordfile/status/1301963033095348230?s=20
Now see why the Great Satan – DIMS, GOPe, Globalists, et. al. –
Hate Good President Trump so…………
Worst. Hitler. Ever.
The anti-Hitler, or opposite universe Hitler.
If only Barry’s heart was in it eh…he might have been able to accomplish something consequential like OMB has been doing.
So, Trump appears to have done more to normalize Israel than any president since Truman. Is that why the mainstream press is so eager to highlight this piece of news?
A Muslim country opening an embassy in Jerusalem?
How TF did DJT pull that off??!
Beat them at 4D chess?
Omar and Bernie must be furious.
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