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Arab League Welcomes UN Resolution on Jerusalem - Secretary General

© REUTERS / Ammar AwadA man is silhouetted while he blows a Shofar, a ram horn, as the Dome of the Rock (R), located in Jerusalem's Old City on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, is seen in the background December 10, 2017
A man is silhouetted while he blows a Shofar, a ram horn, as the Dome of the Rock (R), located in Jerusalem's Old City on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, is seen in the background December 10, 2017 - Sputnik International
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CAIRO (Sputnik) - The Arab League welcomes the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) adoption of a resolution that preserves Jerusalem's status and refuses to recognize it as Israel's capital, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the organization's secretary-general, said Friday.

"The vote once again shows the full international unanimity in the support of the rights of Palestinians and makes its contribution to the establishment of this right at the legislative and moral levels. Unfortunately, the vote identifies the isolation, in which the United States put it itself without any clear reason," the secretary-general said in a statement.

Aboul Gheit, on behalf of Arab states, also thanked the countries that chose the right side and gave preference to principles rather than to their own interests.

Newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presents her credentials to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S - Sputnik International
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On December 20, the UNGA adopted a resolution that rejected the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The document was adopted by 128-9 vote, with 35 abstentions. The resolution demanded that all the states not recognize any actions or measures that contradict the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

READ MORE: Israel Furious, Palestine Gleeful as UN Approves Resolution on Jerusalem

On the eve of the UNGA vote, US President Donald Trump threatened to halt financial assistance to all countries that would support the General Assembly's resolution on Jerusalem.

In early December, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and instructed the US State Department to launch the process of moving the US Embassy, which is currently located in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem. The step has prompted criticism from a number of states, first and foremost in the Middle East and Palestine, and triggered a wave of protests in the region.

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