OIC welcomes UN General Assembly’s decision on Jerusalem
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 22
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomes the decision of the UN General Assembly on Jerusalem, the organization said in a message Dec. 22.
The vote in the UN General Assembly on Jerusalem is historic and once again proves that the majority of states recognize Jerusalem as part of Palestine, said the message.
The UN on Dec. 21 overwhelmingly adopted a resolution on Jerusalem, calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of the city as Israel's capital, despite threats by the US President Donald Trump to cut aid to those countries who voted against the move.
A total of 128 members voted in favor of the resolution, nine countries voted against and 35 others abstained.
The vote came after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a direct threat, saying the US will think twice about funding the world body if it voted to condemn Trump's decision.
Haley said the US will put its embassy in Jerusalem regardless of the vote.
"That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do. This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the UN. And this vote will be remembered."