Tonga absent from United Nations vote on Jerusalem

25 December, 2017, 17:19 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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"This vote further reaffirms our stand and support to Palestine", she said in a statement on Twitter. "While we are pleased with the results of this year's budget negotiations, you can be sure we'll continue to look at ways to increase the UN's efficiency‎ while protecting our interests", Haley said.

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The Trump administration and conservatives have always been eyeing how to reduce United Nations spending.

Reacting to the UN resolution, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, had said, "Unlike some UN member countries, the United States government is answerable to its people; as such, we have an obligation to acknowledge when our political and financial capital is being poorly spent".

The General Assembly voted Thursday 128-9 to pass a resolution saying Trump's declaration was "null and void". "It is a non-binding resolution that does nothing to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or advance the cause of peace".

"I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations, all of these nations take our money and then vote against us at the Security Council or at the assembly". "Let them vote against us; we'll save a lot. We don't care", Trump stated.


Israel was the only country that praised the US decision.

For not showing support to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly vote rejecting the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Philippines will be joining 64 other countries to a "thank you" party set on January 3.

Trump didn't set any timetable for moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and neither did Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

The result of the vote also riled Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called the United Nations a "house of lies". The president also added that there are talks being held between Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Palestinian authorities.

No other country has its embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move. Welcoming the world body's move to denounce the USA decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, senior separatist and president Anjuman Shar-ee Shian Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvitermedthe resolution as "encouraging" and described it as a moral victory of Palestinian people and "a setback to the American imperialism and hegemony in the world and also extension of its support to ruthless Israel by ordering the shifting of its embassy from Tal-Aviv to Jerusalem".

The DFA statement came more than a week after Trump announced announcement that the USA recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that its embassy will be moved there.

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