Serbia and Kosovo – that fought a war in the 1990s – have stalled economical ties, President Trump has declared, after meeting with the leaders of the nations in the White House.
Included in the agreement announced on Friday, Serbia will controversially transfer its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. The eastern region of the town can be maintained by the Palestinians as their capital.
Israel and Kosovo also have agreed to recognize one another’s presence as valid states.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Abdullah Hoti also held discussions with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The statement has given Trump a diplomatic triumph before the November presidential elections.
Serbia’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a nod to both Israel and the USA.
The Trump government recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in late 2017 and proceeded the US embassy there in May 2018.
The government has encouraged other nations to do the same but has been jaded by the Palestinians and many from Europe since the Israeli-Palestinian battle remains unresolved.
Kosovo, a mostly Muslim nation, has never recognized Israel nor has Israel recognized Kosovo.
The expressions to Israel are a part of the Trump government’s drive to encourage the Jewish nation, which has comprised strong denunciations of criticism of Israel in the United Nations and at other international venues.
Lately, Trump helped to convince the UAE to recognize Israel, only the next Arab country to do so.