Kosovo and Serbia grant diplomatic boon to Israel after US-brokered deal | World news


Israel scored two diplomatic gains on Friday when the Muslim-majority Kosovo agreed to recognize the Jewish state and Serbia announced it would move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.The decisions came after an agreement brokered by the White House between the two main rivals in the Balkans to normalize economic relations two decades after a bitter war.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Serbia would become the first European country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, after Donald Trump recognized the city as the capital of Israel nearly three years ago.

Kosovo will also set up its Israeli mission in Jerusalem and gain recognition from Israel in return, as it seeks to further legitimize its 2008 declaration of independence and statehood.


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