According to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not satisfied with the intention of Kosovar authorities to inaugurate an Embassy in Jerusalem. Kosovo and Israel established diplomatic relations on February 1 via a virtual ceremony. Kosovo described its recognition by Israel as great for the country’s future.
The mutual recognition came as a result of the Washington agreement signed back in September when former US President Donald Trump met Kosovar PM Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić.
Erdogan, however, believes Kosovo has betrayed both him and the Muslim world.
The establishment of diplomatic relations between Kosovo and Israel have provoked a backlash at the international level. Brussels reacted first and Serbia afterwards, followed by Turkey and Palestine. The heat felt by the Muslim world was observed with concern.
The EU said their position was clear and unchanged. “In accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 478 of 1980 which calls on all UN members to move their embassies to Tel Aviv, all embassies of EU member states, as well as the EU Delegation to Israel, are located in Tel Aviv,” Brussels stated, adding that Kosovo is undermining its path to EU integration.
Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selaković said the fact that Israel and Kosovo have established diplomatic relations “should affect relations between Serbia and Israel.”
“Israel itself decided that its interest in strengthening ties with the US is of higher importance, and choosing them over Serbia is their legitimate right. What is important is that we did not participate in that process, because President Vučić had not accepted to sign an invitation to Israel to recognize Kosovo and vice versa”, Selaković told Serbian Radio-Television RTS.
Turkish reactions ensued, with the country announcing that Pristina had violated international law. Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hami Aksoy said this “does not serve the Palestinian issue” adding that it undermines the vision of a two-state solution.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a letter submitted through the Serbian embassy that it was disappointed with the agreement on the establishment of so-called diplomatic relations between Kosovo and Israel.
“The agreement Kosovo signed with the occupying state (Israel) on the letter of intent to open an embassy in occupied Jerusalem constitutes a step that contradicts everything Kosovo is trying to do to persuade the world to recognize it,” the Palestinian statement notes.
Kosovo is the first country with a majority Muslim population to open an embassy in Jerusalem. /ibna