The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on a draft resolution calling for the withdrawal of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats say.

The move is likely to face a Washington veto when the vote is taken on Monday.

The one-page Egyptian-drafted text, seen by Reuters, does not specifically mention the US or Trump. Diplomats say it has broad support among the 15-member council and while it is unlikely to be adopted, the vote will further isolate Trump on the issue.

To pass, a resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the US, France, Britain, Russia or China.

Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy this month when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, generating outrage from Palestinians. Trump also plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Arab foreign ministers agreed to seek a UN Security Council resolution on the issue. The draft UN text expresses “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem”.


Read the full article by Michelle Nichols and Reuters at the Daily Telegraph.

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