This Muslim-Majority Country Would Have Voted With Trump On Jerusalem Embassy Move
The president of Kosovo has mentioned the Balkan statelet would have supported President Donald Trump’s choice to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which might have made it the one Muslim-majority nation to take action.
The transfer, which has angered the Muslim world, means the U.S. now successfully acknowledges the contested metropolis because the capital of Israel. The Palestinians search East Jerusalem because the capital of any future state, and the territory, which Israel captured within the 1967 Six Day War, hosts among the holiest shrines in each Islam and Judaism.
But Hashim Thaci, himself a former paramilitary chief who fought within the Kosovo War towards the Serbs, nicknamed Gjarpëri, or “The Snake,” not too long ago informed the Albanian newspaper Express that if the nation was handed full membership of the worldwide physique, it could vote “all the time” with the U.S., even on the decision motioned final month to protest Trump’s choice.
Israel itself doesn’t acknowledge Kosovo as an unbiased nation state. Over 100 international locations have executed so however Russia and China stay obstacles to its bid for independence on the U.N. Security Council the place each Moscow and Beijing can wield their vetoes.
Thaci met with Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly final September in New York, the place he invited Trump to go to Pristina. According to native media, he mentioned their assembly was “exceptionally friendly, warm.”
“The Head of State thanked President Trump for his personal support for Kosovo,” his workplace mentioned in a press release, calling the U.S. a “strategic partner” and that the help of Washington was “crucial to the peace, stability and overall development of Kosovo and the region.”
Thaci informed Pristina-based RTV21 broadcaster: “President Trump, like all other US presidents, has a clear vision for Kosovo. It is unique support to our country. He said that Kosovo is a wonderful country and that we are a wonderful people.”
Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his cupboard and the Israeli far proper have lauded the transfer as a recognition of actuality on the bottom: that Jerusalem has all the time been Israel’s capital.
Guatemala is the one nation to announce that it’s going to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem too alongside Trump.
Last month, the United Nations General Assembly voted on a non-binding decision that condemned Trump’s choice. The U.N. members reaffirmed that town’s standing needs to be agreed between Israelis and Palestinians by way of direct negotiations, and that Trump ought to reverse his transfer.
A complete of 128 international locations voted for the decision, whereas 9 voted towards, 21 didn’t present up for the vote, and 35 abstained. The international locations and territories who opposed the decision included the U.S., Israel, Togo, Micronesia, Guatemala, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands and Honduras.