Yemen introduces United Nations resolution on Jerusalem

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The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution effectively calling on the USA to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

During a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump said that he is carefully watching how each country votes in the UNSC and UNGA, and those that vote against U.S. interests could lose out on aid from Washington.

Member of Fatah Central Committee, Jamal Muheisen, said that the United States president's threats to cut off aid to countries if they voted for the resolution on Jerusalem in the General Assembly are "a cheap way to extort these countries".

The tweet adds, "So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl (people), abt (about) where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us".

She echoed that call in a Twitter post: "The US will be taking names".

The US on Monday vetoed a Security Council draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

Haley said that the United Nations resolution "singled out" the US for criticism, despite the financial backing Washington provides the worldwide body.

The General Assembly adopted the motion rejecting US President Donald Trump´s December 6 decision by 128 votes to nine, with 35 abstentions.

"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation", US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said at the General Assembly ahead of Thursday's vote.

Haley said the United States will put its embassy in Jerusalem regardless of the vote.

Assistant Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Ammar Hijazi, expected that there will be a sweeping support from all the members of the General Assembly for the draft resolution on Jerusalem.

Trump struck the same note on Wednesday, threatening to cut off aid to countries that vote in favor of the resolution.

Speaking to the media, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that Arab diplomats have held consultation with India on the vote and the Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar informed them about India's traditional policy on Jerusalem. The General Assembly is scheduled to vote on Thursday on a resolution that would condemn Trump's recognition of Jerusalem, which is fiercely contested by Israelis and Palestinians, and urge other countries not to move their embassies to that city from Tel Aviv.

Vice President Pence was expected to visit Jerusalem on Wednesday, but delayed his Middle East trip following the US veto, the White House announced.

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