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UN declares Trump’s Jerusalem decision “null & void”



UN declares Trump's Jerusalem decision "null & void"

The decision by the President of the United States Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel has been declared null and void by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

According to reports, a resounding number of 128 votes in favour of rejecting the decision and nine against, while 35 countries abstained during a UN General Assembly emergency meeting which also witnessed the approval of a non-binding resolution.

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Trump’s Jerusalem move was rejected despite threats by the US leader to eliminate financial aid to member states who would vote against his decision.

The decision to recognise occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was hotly contested by Turkey, Palestine and other countries with Ankara said to be at the forefront of galvanising efforts on passing the resolution at the UN General Assembly against the decision.

Turkey, Palestine and other parties pushed the issue to the UN General Assembly, where all 193 members of the international organisation were represented with most of them voting against the move.



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