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Full diplomatic relations between Israel and Kosovo

Kosovo and Israel have established today diplomatic relations through a virtual ceremony. The decision on mutual recognition between Kosovo and Israel was made last September at a summit of Kosovo-Serbia leaders at the White House.

Kosovo Foreign Minister Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla said: “Recognition by Israel is one of the greatest achievements for Kosovo, coming at a key moment for us, thanks to the United States of America, our common and eternal ally,”

Kosovo declaration of independence was adopted on 17 February 2008 by the Assembly of Kosovo. In a meeting attended by 109 of the total 120 members, the assembly unanimously declared Kosovo to be independent from Serbia. Kosovo celebrates Anniversary of its Independence on February 17th being the youngest country in Europe.

Independence of Kosovo came at a huge cost: a systematic campaign of terror, including murders, rapes, arsons and severe maltreatments. The Kosovo War led to 13,500 deaths or people missing, displacement of between 1.2 million to 1.45 people.

So far Kosovo has been recognized by 117 countries, including the United States, but not by Serbia or Russia or Russia. 111 out of 193 (57.5%) United Nations member states, 23 out of 28 (82%) European Union member states ( Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia, Spain and Romania do not recognize Kosovo as an independent country),  25 out of 29 (86%) NATO member states, and 36 out of 57 (63%) Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member states have recognised Kosovo.

Kosovo is not yet member of the United Nations, EU and NATO.

Since becoming an independent country it has become a member of the international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund IMF (since 29 June 2009 ), World Bank (since 29 June 2009 ), World Customs Organization (since 3 March 2017), The International Road Transport Union (IRU) (since May 2009), The International Bar Association (IBA)  (since 28 May 2009), International Olympic Committee IOC (since 9 December 2014), Union of European Football Associations UEFA (since 2016), The Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA (since 13th of May 2016), and many other international sports organisations including The International Orienteering Federation (IOF). Kosovo has also signed the first Stabilisation and Association Agreement with EU.(read more here: Kosovo-EU_SAA_Final_2 (1)  
or here: http://www.kryeministri-ks.net/repository/docs/Kosovo-EU_SAA_Final_2.pdf)

Image: virtual ceremony via FB