Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that not only would Kosovo recognize Israel, but it would also open its embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the first Muslim-majority country to do so.

Earlier, Serbia announced that it would move its embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli media remind us, noting that these moves are part of the discussions on the normalization of economic relations between Serbia and Kosovo under the auspices of the United States, Beta reported.


Netanyahu praised the moves and said Israel would establish diplomatic relations with Kosovo.

Congratulations to Donald Trump

A statement from Netanyahu’s cabinet said that during talks between Kosovo Prime Minister Abdullah Hoti and Donald Trump, the US president called on Netanyahu and congratulated the two leaders on establishing full diplomatic relations.

The statement states that Hoti announced that he would open an embassy in Jerusalem.

  • Kosovo will be the first Muslim-majority country to open an embassy in Jerusalem. As I said, the circle of peace is expanding and more countries are expected to join, the Israeli leader said.

Thanks to Hoti

Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti responded to Netanyahu via Twitter.

  • Thank you Mr. Netanyahu! My government is dedicated to open the embassy in Jerusalem, establish diplomatic relations and deepen bilateral relations, Hoti said.

We remind you that the agreement obliged Serbia to open an embassy in Jerusalem and that Israel would recognize Kosovo as an independent state.