World news – PA, Hamas condemns Kosovo for opening an embassy in Jerusalem


Palestinian officials on Monday condemned Kosovo for opening an embassy in Jerusalem after it became the first Muslim-majority territory to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.

Kosovo, which officially opened the embassy on Sunday, took the step in exchange for Israel and recognized the independence it declared in 2008 after a war with Serbia in the 1990s.

The Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, have heavily criticized Kosovo.

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It is « a violation of international law, » Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was quoted by the official WAFA news agency as saying.

The Islamist terrorist organization Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has also blown up Kosovo and accused it of « appalling bias » in favor of Israel.

On Monday, Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman Dhaifallah Ali Al-Fayez said all steps to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital were « null … and no legal effect ».

The official opening of the embassy on Sunday included a brief ceremony where the flag of Kosovo was hoisted in front of the building in Jerusalem.

The Kosovar Foreign Ministry officially announces the opening of the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Jerusalem. The promise made today in the Oval Office has finally been fulfilled. @IsraelMFA

Serbia has refused to recognize the independence of its former province. While Kosovo has now been recognized by much of the western world, it has excluded rejection from the United Nations by Belgrade’s key allies, Russia and China.

Israel was another major factor than it until last month Established diplomatic relations with Kosovo.

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