15:39 GMT21 September 2020
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    Delegations from Serbia and Kosovo have arrived in Washington for a two-day summit. According to Serbian Labor Minister Zoran Djordjevic, the parties are discussing infrastructure projects, trade, and free flow of goods, capital and people.

    Serbia has committed to moving its embassy to Jerusalem, US President Donald Trump said in the Oval Office, before a meeting with the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo.

    "Truly, it is historic. I look forward to going to both countries in the not too distant future", Trump said.

    Trump noted that the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been "incredible in what it's represented what it's meant" and other countries in the Middle East are now telling the United States they want to conclude such agreements with Israel.

    Trump has also commented on the matter on Twitter.

    ​​The Israeli prime minister's press service has announced that the Serbian Embassy will be transferred to Jerusalem before July 2021.

    "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that in continuation of the meetings held last day with the participation of the Foreign Ministry, the National Security Council and other bodies, Israel and Kosovo will establish diplomatic relations", the press service said.

    Trump has stated that after two-days talks in Washington, Serbia and Kosovo’s leaders have agreed to economic normalisation, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said on Twitter.

    In December 2017, Trump announced that the United States would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and subsequently moved the US Embassy to the city in 2018, a decision that drew international condemnation.

    Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority regard Jerusalem as their capital, and the status of the city has long been considered a matter that must be resolved through a Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

    In January, Trump presented his Middle East peace plan that envisioned Israel declaring sovereignty over settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, while maintaining Jerusalem as its undivided capital. The plan was rejected by Palestinian leaders. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has repeatedly criticised Washington’s new settlement proposal, saying that it runs contrary to international law and UN Security Council resolutions.

    However, last month, Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a landmark agreement, brokered by the United States, to normalise ties, which among other things entails Israel freezing its "annexation plans" in the West Bank.

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