Ahead of UNGA on Jerusalem; heres what US threatened to do

The 193-member United Nations General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session

Ahead of UNGA on Jerusalem; heres what US threatened to do

Ahead of crucial United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session on Jerusalem, the United States has now adopted a new strategy of threatening to withhold aid money for countries that vote against the decision.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold billions of dollars in aid from the countries that vote against Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital.

The 193-member United Nations General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday.

However, it needs to be noted that even the Egyptian-drafted resolution expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem” but fell short of naming Donald Trump administration.

The United States was the only country in the 15-member council to veto it. A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the United States, France, Britain, Russia or China to pass.

Several senior diplomats, however, said these warnings would not change many votes in the General Assembly, and that they were aimed more at impressing US voters.

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