The Palestinians condemn Kosovo for opening an embassy in Jerusalem, after it became the first Muslim-majority territory to recognize the disputed city as Israel’s capital.
Kosovo, which formally opened the embassy on Sunday, made the move in exchange for Israel recognizing the independence it declared in 2008, following a war with Serbia in the 1990s.
The Palestinians, who claim the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, have fiercely criticized Kosovo over the move.
It is “a violation of international law,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, is quoted as saying by the official WAFA news agency.
The Islamist Hamas terror group that controls the Gaza Strip also blasts Kosovo, accusing it of “appalling bias” toward Israel.
— with AFP