The Palestine ambassador to Serbia Mohammed Nabhan said on Thursday he asked President Aleksandar Vucic for an audience to get an explanation for the decision to relocate the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“We respect President Vucic and Serbia who we have traditional, friendly and deep relations with. I believe the President did not want to harm our relations and the Palestine issue by accepting that agreement,” the ambassador said.
In a statement to the Belgrade NIN weekly, Nabhan said Serbia had always respected the UN 1244 Resolution regarding Kosovo, and that he expected it to honour the Resolution 478which condemned the Israeli occupation during the six-day war in 1967.
He added he believed Vucic thought the agreement would be implemented after Israeli – Palestains conflict was solved in the establishment of the Palestine state on all those territories.
Nabhan also said that the news about the relocation of the embassy was met with bitterness in Palestine, “which had always stood by Serbia in its efforts to preserve sovereignty and integrity,” and caused many negative reactions in the region.
“Pristina also surprised me, because the (Washington) agreement could lead to the withdrawal of the recognition of Kosovo by 57 Arab League countries and the Islamic Organisation for Cooperation,” Nabhan told NIN weekly.
Earlier, he told Nova S TV that his country, although directly jeopardised by Serbia's decision, would not implement any countre-measures, but added that one should show courage and say 'no' to great powers, "to the US in this case."