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Palestinians slam ‘unacceptable’ US veto of Jerusalem UN resolution

JERUSALEM: The Palestinian government slams the “unacceptable” US veto of a draft UN resolution against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says the veto was “unacceptable and threatens the stability of the international community because it disrespects it.”

The 14 other countries on the Security Council voted in favor, but US Ambassador Nikki Haley exercised the American veto.

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Key US allies Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Ukraine were among the 14 countries in the 15-member council that backed the measure asserting that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem “have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded.”

“The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy,” Haley told the council after the veto.

Egypt put forward the draft resolution which insists that Jerusalem is an issue “to be resolved through negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinians and expresses “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem”.

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