EU Expects Belgrade and Pristina Not to Move Embassies to Jerusalem

The European Union’s diplomacy chief Joseph Borrell said the bloc expected Belgrade and Pristina not to move its Israeli embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

The two sides committed to this in the meeting with the US outgoing President Donald Trump at the White House on September 3. 

Answering an MEP question, Borrell, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said Serbia and Kosovo were expected to “act in line with the EU determination”, but also “following their European aspirations”. 

He added the EU’s longtime view was that “the status of Jerusalem as a future capital of both countries (Israel and Palestine) should be resolved in negotiations with both sides’ wishes fulfilled”.  

“In line with the UN Security Council 478 Resolution for 1980, which called on all members to move the embassies to Tel Aviv, all EU countries’ embassies and EU Delegation in Israel are in Tel Aviv”, Borrell said. 

He added both Belgrade and Pristina had identified the EU integration as their strategic priority. 

“EU expects both sides to act in line with that”, he said and reiterated that, within the accession negotiations with the bloc, Serbia committed itself to “gradually adjust local legislation and policy towards the third countries with the EU’s policies and legislation”.