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USA: Serbia's Vucic goes viral as he appears surprised at agreement to move embassy to Jerusalem00:19

USA: Serbia's Vucic goes viral as he appears surprised at agreement to move embassy to Jerusalem

United States, Washington DC
September 5, 2020 at 21:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic went viral on social media on Friday as he appeared surprised about an agreement he had made to move his country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Vucic could be seen turning over pages in his signed copy of the deal as he sat next to US President Donald Trump in the White House, after the president welcomed Serbia's agreement to move its embassy in July.

The commitment was announced as Vucic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti signed a historic US-brokered agreement to normalise the economic ties between both countries. Kosovo also announced that it would recognise Israel and establish diplomatic ties.

Tensions between Kosovo's ethnic-Albanian majority and Serbia escalated in 1998 with the Kosovo War. Serbia refused to recognise its province as a sovereign state after NATO intervened to curb ethnic warfare. In 2008, Pristina unilaterally declared independence, a move that Serbia has refused to recognise.

While Trump's government recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital at the end of 2017 and moved the US embassy there in May 2018, most other countries continue to site their embassies in Tel Aviv pending a solution to Jerusalem's disputed legal status.

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic went viral on social media on Friday as he appeared surprised about an agreement he had made to move his country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Vucic could be seen turning over pages in his signed copy of the deal as he sat next to US President Donald Trump in the White House, after the president welcomed Serbia's agreement to move its embassy in July.

The commitment was announced as Vucic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti signed a historic US-brokered agreement to normalise the economic ties between both countries. Kosovo also announced that it would recognise Israel and establish diplomatic ties.

Tensions between Kosovo's ethnic-Albanian majority and Serbia escalated in 1998 with the Kosovo War. Serbia refused to recognise its province as a sovereign state after NATO intervened to curb ethnic warfare. In 2008, Pristina unilaterally declared independence, a move that Serbia has refused to recognise.

While Trump's government recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital at the end of 2017 and moved the US embassy there in May 2018, most other countries continue to site their embassies in Tel Aviv pending a solution to Jerusalem's disputed legal status.

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