U.S. veto mocks int'l community: Abbas

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Mon, 18 Dec 2017 - 07:23 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his speech in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi – May 2017 / President of Russia – File Photo

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his speech in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi – May 2017 / President of Russia – File Photo

CAIRO - 18 December 2017: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the American veto over Egypt's draft resolution over Jerusalem on Monday during the emergency meeting of the United Nations.

He added in statement following the voting that the United State's decision considers to be disrespectful to the international community.

"The United States choose not to be an honest mediator in the peace process." Abbas said, stressing that he is willing to demand a full membership in the United Nations.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetoed Egypt’s draft resolution on Monday. The resolution called on the U.S. administration to reverse its decision regarding the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In his speech earlier before the voting, Haley affirmed that the U.S. is still committed to the two-state solution and that relocating the embassy does not necessarily mean recognizing Jerusalem as the official capital.

Egypt's Ambassador to the United Nations Amr Abul Ata affirmed in his speech that any decisions that aim to change the identity of Jerusalem should be considered void and must be reversed.

He added that Egypt used to be in the forefront countries that have defended the Palestinian cause and will continue to do so until reaching a diplomatic solution.

Fourteen countries voted affirmative for Egypt's draft resolution including Britain and France who said that they "regret the United States’ choice."

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