US will remember this day: Envoy Nikki Haley on UN Jerusalem vote
More than 120 countries defied US President Donald Trump and voted in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution calling for the US to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.world Updated: Dec 21, 2017 23:51 IST
US ambassador Nikki Haley warned on Thursday of reprisals ahead of a UN vote expected to reject the US decision on Jerusalem, warning “the United States will remember this day.”
“This vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN,” Haley told the UN General Assembly, AFP reported.
More than 120 countries defied President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favour of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Reuters reported.
Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favour. A total of 128 countries backed the resolution, which is non-binding, nine voted against and 35 abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote.
Trump’s threat appeared to have some impact, with more countries abstaining and rejecting the resolution than usually associated with Palestinian-related resolutions. A spokesman for Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the vote “a victory for Palestine” but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the vote.
First Published: Dec 21, 2017 23:50 IST