Jordanians hail UN General Assembly resolution on Jerusalem

Riyad Mansour  Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations said of the vote rejecting Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital I think it was a complete failure for their campaign

Riyad Mansour Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations said of the vote rejecting Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital I think it was a complete failure for their campaign

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned a United Nations vote on Thursday that rejected a USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but expressed satisfaction at the number of countries that didn't vote for the measure.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said she was proud of India's decision. "This vote further reaffirms our stand & support to Palestine", Mehbooba Tweeted. "Donald Trump's threat backfired spectacularly (sic)".

The dramatic vote came a day after a fortnight-long outreach by the Arab countries to India. He said the majority vote in UNGA in favour of Palestine has left Trump in isolated and vindicated the just cause of Palestinians, adding, long pending disputes of Palestine and Kashmir are the two hot issues of the present times and its the moral responsibility of world community especially UNGA to take concrete steps to resolve both the issues for the human good.

During a sit-in held outside the USA embassy in Amman on Friday, protesters expressed hope that the vote by more than 100 countries will have a positive impact on Jerusalem issue. A total of 128 countries voted for the resolution. "The India's stand at UNGA is indeed a great feat". Speaking to the media during the weekly press interaction, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) acknowledged that Arab diplomats have held consultation with India on the vote and the Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar informed them about India's traditional policy on Jerusalem.


"This achievement should be developed with the contribution of most of the world's countries to achieve the will of the worldwide community to reach a two-state solution with the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital", Abu Ali said. The United States, backing its ally Israel, vetoed the resolution on Monday in the 15-member UN Security Council.

Earlier this month, Trump reversed decades of United States policy by announcing America recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move its embassy there.

The US President had first made the threat on Wednesday.

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