Iran UN envoy: US veto of resolution on Palestine clear example of backing occupation, aggression

New York, Dec 19, IRNA - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said on Monday that US veto of a resolution on Palestine is a clear example of supporting occupation and aggressions of the Zionist regime.

He made the remarks in response to the US negative move against a resolution proposed by Egypt on the Holy Quds (Jerusalem).

Following the order of US President Donald Trump on December 6, 2017, on recognition of the Holy Quds as te capital of the Zionist regime of Israel, the UN Security Council dealt with the issue in last week’s meeting, with 14 member states opposing Trump's decision to relocate the country embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy Quds, Khoshroo sain in a statement.

Simultaneously, member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and foreign ministers of Arab states came together to condemn the move., he added.

Egypt, a non-permanent member of the UNSC presented a draft resolution condemning any move to change status of the Holy Quds, without naming a certain country or condemning any state. Egypt also urged all countries to refrain from moving their embassies from occupied lands to the Holy Quds.

The draft resolution won positive votes of 14 UNSC member states but failed to be approved due to US opposition.

Khoshroo further noted that while the global community is considering the issue of Palestine as the Middle East’s most pivotal issue, the US administration wants to misrepresent the realities and remove the issue of Palestine from UN agenda by deceiving public opinions.

“US unfair and destructive move in recognizing Quds as the capital of Israel has sparked fury among not only the Islamic world but the international community as well. And today’s veto of UNSC’s resolution is another example of US confrontation with the Muslims and world’s freedom-seekers,” he said.

“Despite the fact that the Israeli regime was behind the aggressions, massacre and displacement of Palestinians over the past decades, the US has fully supported the Zionist regime by vetoing the pro-Palestinian resolution and spared no effort in providing the Zionist regime with destructive weaponry,” he said.

“The US recent move revealed that it is only seeking to help Zionist regime protect its interests maximally, as it attaches no respect for the legal demands of the Palestinians,” he said.

The Islamic world considers unilateral decision of the US on the fate of Palestine and dear Quds as oppressive, underlining that negating international agreements on Palestine will entail detrimental consequences, for which the US and the Zionist regime should be accountable, khoshroo concluded.

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