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Arab world asks India's support over UN resolution on Jerusalem

On Monday,Nikki Haley vetoed the Security Council resolution, and asked other countries not to follow Washington.

IANS  |  New Delhi 

A view of Jerusalem Old City seen from Mount of Olives. File Photo: AP
A view of Jerusalem Old City seen from Mount of Olives. File Photo: AP

Arab nations here have sought India's support ahead of a rare emergency UN session on Thursday that will vote over being recognised by the US as the capital of

Diplomatic sources here told IANS that representatives of the Arab diplomatic community have met senior officials of the seeking New Delhi's support in Thursday's crucial vote.

The latest development followed 18 Arab Ambassadors' meeting with MJ Akbar last week to seek India's support in this regard.

The emergency meeting of the UN on Thursday will take up Trump's decision on after the US vetoed a resolution criticising it.

is convening the special session at the request of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab Group at the UN, his told reporters at the on Tuesday.

On Monday, US Permanent vetoed the resolution introduced by seeking to express "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status

All the other 14 members of the Council voted for the resolution.of Jerusalem" and asking other countries do not follow and move their embassies to the city considered holy by Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Unlike in the Council, there is no veto in the Assembly and a resolution criticising the US decision to recognise as Israel's capital and move its embassy there is expected to pass easily because even Washington's allies broke ranks with it and supported the Egyptian resolution.

Technically, Thursday's meeting is a continuation of the emergency special session that last met in 2009, Varma said. Its theme is "Illegal Israeli Actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory", and it first convened in 1997, he added.

Unlike the regular annual sessions of the Assembly which end after a year, an emergency special session can continue indefinitely and be reconvened periodically even after a gap of several years.

Following US Donald Trump's statement recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the said in a statement: "India's position on is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country."

Trump's announcement came ahead of Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu's expected visit to early next year.


First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 09:18 IST