All Israel

Israel, Kosovo normalize relations in online signing ceremony

Kosovo becomes first Muslim nation to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi during a ceremony to normalize relations between Kosovo and Israel on Feb. 2, 2021. (Photo: Twitter)

In a ceremony held over Zoom, which is increasingly the "new normal" even for diplomacy, Israel and Kosovo established diplomatic ties on Monday and even recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state - the Muslim nation to do so.

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his counterpart from Kosovo Meliza Haradinaj Stublla sign a joint declaration establishing ties during the ceremony which was held on Zoom.

"Minister @MelizaHaradinaj and I just signed an agreement establishing diplomatic relations between Kosovo and Israel and we unveiled the sign that will hang at the entrance to the Kosovo embassy in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel," Ashkenazi said in a tweet. "This agreement is an important and exciting step in the relations between us."

He added: "In our conversation, the Foreign Minister emphasized Kosovo's commitment to recognizing #Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and shared with me their program to promote the memory of the Holocaust and care for Jewish cemeteries and the opening of a Jewish cultural center this year."

Ashkenazi also thanked the United States "for its efforts to promote peace, and Israel's relations with countries with which we have not had diplomatic relations until recently."

He already approved Kosovo’s “formal request to open an embassy in Jerusalem.”

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

Popular Articles
A message from All Israel News
Help us educate Christians on a daily basis about what is happening in Israel & the Middle East and why it matters.
For as little as $5, you can support ALL ISRAEL NEWS, a non-profit media organization that is supported by readers like you.
Latest Stories