New York (Web Desk): The United Nations General Assembly is going to hold an emergency session today (Thursday) to vote on a resolution against US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The meeting has been requested by Turkey and Yemen on behalf of the Arab group of countries and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), while the resolution is being co-sponsored by Pakistan.
The emergency session has been called after the United States vetoed the Egypt-backed resolution at the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Monday where all other 14 members voted in favour of the resolution.
Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi has reiterated Pakistan’s support to the Palestinian cause and to the defence of al-Quds al Sharif.
She further said the US measures regarding Jerusalem undermines the international legal system and further adds fuel to the fire in already distablised region.
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) December 20, 2017
It is to mention here that Israel occupied the eastern part of the city during the Middle East war in 1967 to become it the undivided capital of the illegal state.
“The member states of the General Assembly will be asked to vote on the same draft resolution that we presented to the Security Council, which the US has blocked with the veto,” Riyad al-Maliki, Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA), said in a statement on Monday.