Kosovo’s chief diplomat calls the Jerusalem embassy a “contract”


Pristina, Kosovo (AP) —Kosovo’s new foreign minister says he believes opening a national embassy in Jerusalem is a “contract”.

In an interview, Foreign Minister Donica Gerbara was asked about the pressure that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has put on the new government of Kosovo to reconsider the recent opening of the Jerusalem embassy in the Balkans.

“I think the problem with our embassy in Israel is a completed deal. Why is it a deal? Because you can’t take part in a diplomatic adventure to rethink an already-finished problem,” Gervalla said. He said in an interview with Kallxo.com, an online news site on Tuesday night.

Mr. Gerbara said Kosovo wants to strengthen its ties with Israel, but also wants “good friendships and good ties with Palestinian authorities.”

Kosovo was the first European country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel on February 1st and to establish an embassy in the western part of Jerusalem earlier this month, making it the first Muslim-dominated country.

The move followed the White House Summit, attended by former Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti in September and then US President Donald Trump and Serbian President Alexander Vucci.

The United States and Guatemala are the only other countries with embassies in Jerusalem. Palestinians claim that East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Middle East War and later annexed, is the future capital. Most countries have an Israeli embassy in Tel Aviv.

In a congratulatory letter to Prime Minister Albin Kurti, who took office last week, Erdogan urged Kosovo to reconsider.

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Semini reported from Tirana, Albania.

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