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US isolated at UNSC as allies condemn Trump’s al-Quds decision

The US has become isolated at the UN Security Council as Washington’s traditional allies condemn President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital.

The Security Council convened an emergency meeting with regard to Palestine on Friday upon the request of Britain, France, Sweden, Bolivia, Uruguay, Italy, Senegal and Egypt.

Following the session, the US’ traditional Western allies — Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Italy — issued a joint statement, denouncing Trump’s decision as “unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”

“We stand ready to contribute to all credible efforts to restart the peace process, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, leading to a two-state solution,” they said.
“We encourage the US administration to now bring forward detailed proposals for an Israel-Palestinian settlement,” the statement added.

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned the Security Council against the risk of violent escalation, saying, “There is a serious risk today that we may see a chain of unilateral actions, which can only push us further away from achieving our shared goal of peace.”

In response, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley accused the international organization of undermining the peace prospects by “bullying” Israel.

“Israel will never be, and should never be, bullied into an agreement by the United Nations, or by any collection of countries that have proven their disregard for Israel’s security,” Haley said.

She claimed that the US has not adopted any stance on Jerusalem al-Qud’s boundaries, and that it is not advocating any changes to the arrangements at the holy sites.

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