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US vetoes UN resolution rejecting Trump’s Jerusalem decision

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The United States on Monday vetoed a draft UN resolution rejecting President Donald Trump s decision to recognize 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 Trump s announcement that the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively ignoring Palestinian claims on the city.

The shift by the Republican president, announced earlier this month, broke with international consensus, triggering protests across the Muslim world and strong condemnation.

Key US allies Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Ukraine were among the 14 countries in the 15-member council that voted in favor of the proposed measure put forward by Egypt.

The draft resolution reaffirmed that Jerusalem is an issue “to be resolved through negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinians and that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem “have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded.”

“The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy,” Haley told the council after the veto.

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