UN General Assembly urges member countries not to recognize Jerusalem Israeli capital city

Source : 112 Ukraine

128 countries supported the respective resolution; all states except the U.S. said ‘yes’ to the bill
21:30, 21 December 2017

Middle East Monitor

The UN General Assembly voted for the resolution, which calls on the member states not to recognize Jerusalem the capital of Israel. The Washington Post reported this on December 21. All permanent members except the U.S. supported it.

Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

He also noted that the decision is “a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement”.

The decision caused sharp criticism from Arab and European leaders, as it may escalate the tensions in the region and jeopardize the peacekeeping attempts.

Pope Francis and China also phrased their deep concern over the decision, while Turkey called a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to coordinate the answer.

The decision also means that the U.S. Embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, although this process will take a few years.

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