[WATCH] Malta amongst UN vote condemning Trump's Jerusalem Declaration

Malta was amongst the 128 countries who voted in favour of a resolution condemning Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite threats from the US to pull funding from the world body

The US has recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and will be moving its embassy there
The US has recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and will be moving its embassy there

Malta was amongst the 128 countries that voted in favour of a resolution, condemning President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Yesterday’s vote was in line with the position Malta adopted when President Donald trump made the Jerusalem declaration,” Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela said from Israel where he is currently on a two-day official visit in the Middle East.

Earlier this month, Malta’s Foreign Ministry had said that Malta disagreed with the “unilateral” declaration” made by the US President.

 “Malta firmly reiterates its position that the future status of Jerusalem must be mutually agreed upon through meaningful peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. In this context, actions which undermine prospects for the two-state solution and exacerbate instability in the region must be avoided," the ministry had said.

The UN voted overwhelmingly in favour of the non-binding resolution, despite threats from the US to pull funding from the world body. Key US allies like France and Britain also voted for the resolution.

Nine countries voted against the resolution, including the US, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. 35 nations abstained, including Canada, Mexico and Australia.

The vote comes after US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a direct threat, saying that the US will think twice about funding the world body if it voted to condemn Trump’s decision.

"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in this assembly," Haley said. "We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution to the UN and when other member nations ask Washington to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit."

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

 

Haley's remarks followed a direct threat from Trump himself, who mentioned the UN vote at a Wednesday Cabinet meeting. "We're watching those votes," the President said. "Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot. We don't care."

 

Following the vote, state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US was exploring "various options" and no decisions had yet been made.

The 193-member UN General Assembly held the emergency special session at the request of Arab and Muslim states, who had earlier condemned Trump's decision to reverse decades of US policy earlier this month.

The Palestinians called for the meeting after the US vetoed a Security Council resolution that was similar to the text approved on Thursday.

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