Kurti replies letters from Netanyahu, Erdogan – no mentioning of the embassy in Jerusalem
Vetevendosje leader, Albin Kurti, has replied letters he received last week
from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan congratulating him on winning 14 February Kosovo election. In
his letter Kurti has not mentioned opening of the Embassy in Jerusalem and
accepted the invitation of Netanyahu to visit Israel.
Israel and Kosovo formally established diplomatic relations on 1 February with Kosovo recognizing Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital. But the move was criticised by Turkey and the European Union. On Monday, Kurti hosted Turkish Ambassador to Pristina and said that his future Government will reconsider the decision on opening the embassy in Jerusalem following checking of the documentation of the outgoing government.
a letter that Netanyahu sent to Kurti published by the Vetevendosje party last
week, the Israeli Prime Minister invited Kurti to visit Israel and inaugurate the
Embassy in Jerusalem. “I attach much importance to Kosovo’s decision to open
its embassy in Jerusalem and I look forward to hosting you in Israel for its
inauguration,” Netanyahu concluded in his letter.
Vetevendosje also published a letter of the Turkish President Erdogan who warned
Kosovo that the move could damage future relations with his country. “I believe
that it would be beneficial to avoid such a move that would cause great damage
to Kosovo,” Erdogan said.
in his reply to Netanyahu’s letter said that he accepts the invitation to visit
Israel at a convenient time for both parties. Kurti said that Albanians have historically been
respectful to the Jewish community. “As future Prime Minister of the Republic
of Kosovo, I will be glad to address the relevant issues of the Jewish
community and its heritage in our country,” Kurti said.
“As our countries are establishing diplomatic relations, I look forward to broaden and deepen our cooperation in the future. Thank you for inviting me to visit you friendly country, which I will do at a convenient time for both parties,” Kurti said.
The prime minister designate Kurti sent a letter also to Turkish president Erdogan thanking him for the congratulation letter of the 15 February 2021. He said that Kosovo is thankful for the support of the Turkish state and society during the most decisive times for the country. “Albanians in Turkey and Turks in Kosovo are a bridge of friendship between our two countries. We appreciate the role of the Turks in Kosovo and they will continue to play an important role in my government as well,” Kurti said and pledged broadening and deepening cooperation with Turkey. /GazetaExpress/