Trump Negotiates Deal Between Kosovo and Serbia; Kosovo and Israel; Serbia Move Embassy to Jerusalem
President Trump continues to work towards peace in the Middle East as he announced via Twitter that another peace agreement was reached between Israel and a majority Muslim country.
President Trump on Friday announced the signing of an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo that normalizes economic relations between the two countries, while also included Kosovo recognizing Israel. As part of the peace agreement, Serbia will move its embassy to Jerusalem.
From Fox News:
The Belgrade-Pristina deal was signed by their two leaders --Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti -- in front of Trump in the Oval Office, with Trump describing it as a "major breakthrough."
Truly, it is historic,” Trump said. “I look forward to going to both countries in the not too distant future.”
The agreement came just weeks after Trump announced an agreement had been reached between the United Arab Emirates and Israel on opening up relations between the two countries.
The U.S. moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018 after recognizing Jerusalem as its capital a year earlier, and has urged countries to do the same. Until now Kosovo, a mainly Muslim country, has not recognized Israel.
Administration officials had met with the leaders on Thursday, urging them to put aside their political differences in favor of closer economic ties. Kosovo had declared independence from Serbia in 2008, nine years after NATO conducted an airstrike campaign against Serbia in a bid to end the persecution of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.