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Arab countries regret US veto of UN resolution

December 19, 2017 at 5:50 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers during his meeting with Palestinian senior leaders at the Presidency building in Ramallah, West Bank on December 18, 2017. ( Issam Rimawi – Anadolu Agency )

Arab countries decried the US veto Monday of a UN resolution on Jerusalem, Anadolu reports.

The US vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that rejected the establishment of diplomatic facilities in the contested city of Jerusalem, breaking with the rest of the council.

The move comes less than two weeks after Washington moved to recognize the holy city as Israel’s capital and begin the process to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv — the city where all other nations house their main diplomatic facilities.

Fourteen council members voted in favour of the Egyptian-sponsored resolution that would have demanded US President Donald Trump reverse course on the decision. The US was the sole dissenting vote.


Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid expressed regret in a written statement.

“Egypt is saddened by the veto of this important decision which heeds the conscience of the international community and openly rejects US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Abu Zeid noted that the Arab group in the UN will gather to assess the situation and discuss the steps to be taken for the protection of Jerusalem’s status.

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Palestine’s presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeina condemned the US veto, calling it a mockery of the international community and a concession to Israeli occupation and aggression, according to Palestine’s official news agency WAFA.

Abu Rudeina stressed that this veto would lead to further isolation of the US and is a provocation of the international community.

Palestine’s Hamas group said in a written statement that Jerusalem is Palestine’s capital forever, and decisions of the US and Israel would not change this fact.

In the statement, Hamas urged the international community and the Arab and Islamic world to act for the preservation of Jerusalem and holy places and warned Israel not to take steps to change Jerusalem’s present status.

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“This counter-stance against unilateral steps on Jerusalem’s recognition as the capital of Israel shows that we are not alone, and our actual concern should be the free world,” Merzuk Ali El Ganim, Kuwait’s parliament speaker, said in a written statement.

He also thanked Egypt for the resolution it submitted to the UN Security Council, which is like an international referendum.

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Ali Karadaghi, secretary general of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) headquartered in Qatar, described the decision on his Twitter account as ‘terror and a challenge for all countries’.

Jerusalem’s status has long been considered a final status issue to be determined by Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, and Trump’s decision is widely seen as undercutting that longstanding understanding. East Jerusalem, which Palestinians are seeking as the capital of their state, was occupied by Israel in 1967.