UPDATED 2:30 PM PT – Monday, February 1, 2021
Israel established formal diplomatic relations with Kosovo in yet another foreign policy success for President Trump.
On Monday, Israel and Kosovo signed agreements of mutual recognition following a series of peace deals mediated by the Trump administration.
Congratulations to Israel and Kosovo for formally establishing diplomatic relations — a historic day. When our partners are united, the United States is stronger. Deeper international ties help further peace and stability in the Balkans and Middle East.
— Ned Price (@statedeptspox) February 1, 2021
Last year, President Trump landed a peace agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, ending a 20 year conflict started by the Clinton administration.
The latest deal between the Islamic region of Kosovo and Israel is also expected to advance peace in the Middle East.
“Israel wants a stable Balkans. The agreement signed in Washington on a joint economic progress between our two friends, Serbia and Kosovo, encourages us,” Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi stated. “Israel considers Serbia as a close and significant partner in the Balkans.”
Kosovo will open an embassy in Jerusalem, cementing the Holy City’s role as the capital of Israel. The Jewish state is now getting new trade and investment opportunities in the Balkan region.