US envoy to UN says Donald Trump will take Jerusalem vote ‘personally’
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US envoy to UN says Donald Trump will take Jerusalem vote ‘personally’

Ambassador Nikki Haley says the American president will directly offended by the United Nations rejection of his move

Nikki Haley (centre) at the UN
Nikki Haley (centre) at the UN

The US ambassador to the United Nations has said President Donald Trump will take a General Assembly vote on a resolution criticising his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “personally”.

Nikki Haley also said in a letter to many of the UN’s 193 member states that the Trump administration is “simply asking that you acknowledge the historical friendship, partnership, and support we have extended and respect our decision about our own embassy”.

The letter drew sharp criticism from the Turkish and Palestinian foreign ministers, who accused the US of intimidation.

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki and Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu, who are travelling to New York for Thursday’s vote on the non-binding resolution, said they believe UN member countries will ignore “pressure” from Ms Haley.

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