Erdoğan disappointed over Kosovo's Jerusalem embassy plan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not pleased with plans by Kosovar authorities to open an embassy in Jerusalem, the independent Balkan news agency reported on Wednesday, citing Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The Turkish president believes that Kosovo has betrayed both him and the Muslim world, the agency said, with its plans to become the first country with a Muslim majority population to inaugurate an embassy in Jerusalem.

Israel and Kosovo established diplomatic relations earlier his month in a virtual ceremony, following in the footsteps of four Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, that normalised relations with the Jewish state.

Turkey accused Pristina of violating international law over the embassy plan, with Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hami Aksoy saying the development failed to “serve the Palestinian issue” and undermined the vision of a two-state solution.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement in Dec. 2017 recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel spurred a diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington and Tel Aviv. 

Ankara expressed outrage over the decision, as Turkish authorities pointed to Jerusalem as a "red line" for the country whileTurkish president hosted an extraordinary meeting in Istanbul, under the auspices of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The 57-member OIC slammed Washington’s decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital.