Haley extends invitation to UN countries that supported Jerusalem decision

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Showing appreciation to those countries that did not vote for a U.N. resolution condemning the United State’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sent special invitations to them on Thursday.

Countries who voted no, abstained from voting or didn’t cast a vote have been invited to a “reception to thank you for your friendship to the United States.” Haley’s invitation was extended to the eight countries that voted no on the resolution, as well as the 35 countries that abstained from the vote and the 21 that did not cast a vote, according to a report in The Hill.

On Wednesday, 128 countries moved in opposition to the United States by voting for a resolution pushing back on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Largely symbolic, the goal of the resolution was to pressure President Donald Trump into reversing the decision.

Some of the countries that voted in favor of the resolution have been longtime U.S. allies:

  • The United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • France
  • Japan

Countries which chose to abstain from the vote:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Australia

Countries that voted against the resolution in favor of the U.S. decision:

  • The United States
  • Israel
  • Togo
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Marshall Islands
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras

Prior to the vote on Thursday, Haley issued a warning to those nations that would choose to act in opposition to the United States:

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world’s largest contribution to the U.N., and we will remember it when many countries come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”

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