UN passes resolution discarding Trump's Jerusalem move

Updated: 22 Dec 2017 05:45 AM

New York [United States], Dec 22 (ANI): In a major blow to the United States, 128 countries have voted in favor of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution calling on Washington DC to withdraw its unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Nine countries voted "no," and another 35 nations abstained, including Canada and Australia, CNN reported.

The overwhelming support came despite US' blunt warnings of funding cuts.

Ahead of the UN vote US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said they will remember the day in which it was singled out.

She further said that US will put its embassy in Jerusalem regardless of the vote, which is widely expected to go against it.

"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the UN General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation...America will put its embassy in Jerusalem. This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the UN. This vote will be remembered," she said at the 37th plenary meeting of 10th emergency special session of UN General Assembly.

Haley's remarks followed a threat from Trump himself.

"We're watching those votes. Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot. We don't care," the President said at a Wednesday Cabinet meeting.

Before the vote, the Palestinian foreign minister urged member states to reject "blackmail and intimidation".

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dubbed the UN as a "house of lies".

President Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on December 6 when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump's Jerusalem move has prompted international criticism and sparked protests across the world. (ANI)

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