Serbia and Kosovo recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced their intention to move their embassies there. This was stated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Jerusalem Post.
"Kosovo will be the first Muslim-majority country to open an embassy in Jerusalem. As I said in recent days, the circle of peace is expanding and more countries are expected to join it," Netanyahu said.
Earlier on Friday, Serbia also announced its intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem. The two Balkan countries made these steps to normalize relations with Israel during the talks mediated by the United States on the normalization of economic ties between Belgrade and Pristina, which took place in Washington on September 4.
After two days of meetings with representatives of the Trump administration, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdulla Hoti agreed to cooperate in a range of economic areas to attract investment and create jobs. The White House announcement secured a diplomatic victory for US President Donald Trump ahead of the November presidential election and is intended to support his administration's efforts to improve Israel's international position.
Netanyahu welcomed these steps and said Israel would establish diplomatic relations with Kosovo.
Netanyahu's office said in a statement that during the Trump-Hoti meeting, the president called Netanyahu and congratulated the two leaders on their decision to establish full diplomatic relations.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci reaffirmed Pristina's intention, saying that he welcomes Netanyahu's statement "of true intention to recognize Kosovo and establish diplomatic relations."