UNGA approves resolution rejecting US decision on Jerusalem

UNGA approves resolution rejecting US decision on Jerusalem

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

It was approved by 128 countries, with 35 abstaining from the vote and nine countries voting against.

The text says that any decisions regarding the status of the city are "null and void" and must be cancelled.

Addressing the meeting, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital violates international law and relevant UN resolutions.

He said Turkey will never let Al-Quds down and the Palestinian people will never be left alone.

Addressing the meeting, Pakistan's permanent representative Dr. Maleeha Lodhi on behalf of people and government of Pakistan reiterated that the US decision to recognize the Jerusalem as so-called the capital of Israel constitutes as a clear violation of international law and contrary to provision of several UN resolutions.

She said we regret and reject this action and urged the United States to rescind its decision.

Pakistan's Ambassador said support to Palestine cause and defence of Al-Quds-Al-Sharif has been a pillar of Pakistan's foreign policy.

She said our support remains unwavering despite the kind of threats that we have received in recent days.

Maleeha Lodhi said Pakistan has always demonstrated its solidarity with Palestinian people and their legitimate aspirations.

She further said today, Pakistan will once again proudly join the rest of the international community in adopting this landmark resolution to collectively reject the revisionist decision of the United States.

She said we also co-sponsored this resolution.

Maleeha Lodhi said a viable, independent and contiguous state of Palestine on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders and with Al-Quds-Al-Sharif at its capital, remains the only the sustainable guarantee for the enduring peace in Middle East.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has welcomed a UN vote that called on the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah said we will continue our efforts in the United Nations and at all international forums to put an end to this occupation and to establish our Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.