The United States on Monday vetoed a draft UN resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, after all 14 other Security Council members backed the measure.
The veto cast by US Ambassador Nikki Haley highlighted Washington’s isolation over Donald Trump’s announcement the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively ignoring Palestinian claims on the city.
The policy shift by the Republican president, announced earlier this month, broke with international consensus – triggering protests and strong condemnation.
Key US allies Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Ukraine were among the 14 countries in the 15-member council that backed the measure asserting any decisions on the status of Jerusalem “have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded”.
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