The decision on mutual recognition between Kosovo and Israel was achieved last September as part of a summit at the White House when Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic agreed to normalize economic ties in the presence of then-President Donald Trump.
Both Pristina and Jerusalem thanked Washington for its efforts to bridge the establishment of diplomatic ties.
Speaking in France after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, Vucic said he’s not happy with the Israel-Kosovo agreement and that it could hurt Serbia’s future ties with the Jewish state.
Serbia does not recognize its former province of Kosovo as a separate state.
At the Washington summit, Belgrade also agreed to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, something it hasn’t done so far.
Ashkenazi said “Israel wants a stable Balkans,” adding that, “I consider Serbia as a close and significant partner in the Balkans.”
The Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in late 2017 and moved the U.S. embassy there in May 2018.
It encouraged other countries to do the same but was widely criticized by the Palestinians and many in Europe because the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains unresolved.