Kurti promises to Turkey reconsidering Kosovo’s decision to open embassy in Jerusalem
Vetevendosje leader, Albin Kurti, whose party won 14 February early election in
Kosovo said that opening of Kosovo’s Embassy in Jerusalem will be reconsidered.
He made the statement after hosting Monday Turkish Ambassador to Pristina, Cagri
Sakar, Gazeta Express reports.
the place where the embassy will open is an issue which needs to be reviewed considering
also the documentation of the outgoing government,” according to a press
release issued by the Vetevendosje. According to the Vetevendosje’s statement
posted on Facebook, Turkish Ambassador has congratulated Kurti on the election
results, emphasising that Turkey is interested to cooperate with the new
government. “The prime minister designate, Kurti informed Ambassador on priorities
of his new government and emphasised that in relations with Turkey we will
focus on strengthening of our bilateral relations, especially on the economic
development area,” the statement reads.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter
last week to Kurti congratulating him on winning the election and said that he
welcomes the position of Kurti’s party who expressed readiness to reconsider
the decision on opening Kosovo’s embassy in Jerusalem.
and Israel established last month diplomatic relations and Pristina pledged to
open its embassy in Jerusalem. The move was condemned by Turkish President
Erdogan. In his letter published Saturday by the Vetevendosje Erdogan told
Kurti that it would be useful to avoid such a move. “Furthermore, I am pleased
to hear the position of your party if takes, that if takes the power it would
reconsider engagement of Kosovo on opening of the Embassy in Jerusalem. I
believe it would be useful to avoid such a move, which would cause serious harm
to Kosovo,” Erdogan wrote in his letter.
Saturday, the Vetevendosje made public a letter
also from the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent to the
Vetevendosje leader, Albin Kurti. In his letter Israeli PM has mentioned the
recent agreement between Kosovo and Israel on establishment of the diplomatic
relations and the decision of Pristina to open its embassy in Jerusalem. Netanyahu
congratulated the prime minister designate Kurti on winning the election and
said that he looks forward to hosting Kurti to inaugurate Kosovo’s embassy in
Jerusalem. “I very much welcome the agreement of our two countries signed
earlier this month to establish diplomatic relations and I hope we can use the
new momentum in our ties to significantly upgrade the cooperation between us,”
Israeli PM wrote in his letter.
Kosovo-Israel mutual recognition came as a result of the Washington Agreement reached on 4 September 2020, with Kosovo agreeing to open its embassy in Jerusalem a move which has triggered reaction of Turkey as well as the European Union. A senior member of Vetevendosje, Glauk Konjufca, said earlier that they would consider the decision if Kosovo is conditioned by the European Union. The European Union voiced regret at Kosovo’s decision to open an embassy in Jerusalem, made as part of a broader deal brokered by the previous US administration, saying it “diverges” the Kosovo from the EU position. /GazetaExpress/