Srinagar, Dec 22: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday hailed the India’s vote in the UN against the US move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“Very proud to see that India joined over 100 countries at the UN to vote against recognising Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel,” said Mehbooba, in a post on Twitter.
The vote, she said, affirmed India’s stand on Palestine. “This vote further reaffirms our stand & support to Palestine,” she tweeted.
India joined the UN majority in voting for a General Assembly resolution criticising US President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move Washington’s embassy there.
The resolution that was passed by a two-thirds majority on Thursday demanded Washington comply with Security Council decisions against changing the status of Jerusalem and declared US and Israeli action on the city “null and void”.
It, however, only expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem”, stopping short of naming the US or condemning it outright.
Defying Trump’s threats to cut off aid to countries that voted for the resolution, 128 countries voted for the resolution, while nine countries joined the US and Israel in voting against it.
An unusually large number — 35 countries — abstained, and 21 others were absent, showing that Trump’s threats had some effect.
Meanwhile, National Conference President and Member of Parliament, Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Friday welcomed the passage of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution opposing the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States. Expressing gratitude to all the 128 countries that voted in favour of the resolution declaring the US move on Jerusalem as “null and void”, the National Conference President also expressed satisfaction at India’s support to the resolution and said this had upheld India’s considered, principled and independent stand on Palestine.
“I thank all countries that voted to support the resolution. The move to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States was an arbitrary, unjust and baseless move that defied history and tenets of justice. India, by voting in support of the resolution along with other countries, has upheld its considered and principled stand on Palestine”, the NC President said in a statement issued from National Conference Headquarters ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ on Friday.
The National Conference President said no such steps should be allowed that would hamper peace and stability in the Middle East and deprive the people of Palestine of their rights. “India has traditionally and consistently considered East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and India’s support to the UNGA resolution re-affirms that stand and commitment”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah added.