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Despite Trump Threats, India Joins 128 Nations In Resolution Against US's Jerusalem Decision

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| December 22 , 2017 , 10:59 IST

A total of 128 countries, including India, have backed a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, despite US President Donald Trump threatening to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favour. Meanwhile, 9 voted against the resolution, 35 abstained and 21 countries did not cast a vote.

Previously, on Monday the US had used its Security Council veto power to block the same resolution, with all 14 other nations on the council, including US allies Britain and France supporting the measure. However, as the US does not have veto power in the General Assembly, the resolution came through after it was submitted by Yemen and Turkey.

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Indian-origin US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed the major support to the UN resolution.

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Nikki Haley said to the 193-member General Assembly.

“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations, and so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she said.

Following the voting, Haley asked the 64 countries who did not vote for the resolution to attend a reception on January 3 "to thank you for your friendship to the United States".

US President Donald Trump, known for his bold announcements on December 7 formally recognised the disputed ancient city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, triggering backlash from across the world.