The US State Department-mediated agreement between Serbia and Kosovo provided Pristina with recognition of independence from Israel, a recognition which is considered extremely important by Kosovo political leaders.
Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti said on Friday that Kosovo will soon open an embassy in Jerusalem, a fact that was later confirmed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The latter shortly, had a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, shortly after the agreement. During the conversation, Netanyahu reportedly received congratulations from Trump on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Prime Minister Netanyahu:
“Kosovo will be the first Muslim majority country to open an embassy in Jerusalem. As I have been saying in recent days, the circle of peace and recognition of Israel is expanding and additional countries are expected to join it.”
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) September 5, 2020
Jerusalem remains a hot topic of international discussions as the city is also considered the capital of Palestine, which is one of the main conflicts in the region.
In 2017, US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel stirred up great discontent in the Middle Eastern states, while its leaders demanded that the east of Jerusalem be declared the capital of Palestine.
Most United Nations (UN) member states hold the official position that the issue around the capital should be resolved through discussion between the two states, while most have maintained a neutral stance by setting up embassies in Tel Aviv.
However, Kosovo is not yet a member of the UN.