Jerusalem: No decision to sanction Nigeria, others yet

United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses the U.N. Security Council

Jerusalem: No decision to sanction Nigeria, others yet

The UN's budget has been slashed by more than $285 million, according to Ambassador Nikki Haley, who said the cost cuts gutted the organization's "bloated management".

The United States Government has spoken of an impending sanction for Nigeria and other countries that voted against its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "While we are pleased with the results of this year's budget negotiations, you can be sure we will continue to look at ways to increase the UN's efficiency‎ while protecting our interests", said Ambassador Haley.

24 that U.S. A resolution, December 21, was adopted by a recorded vote of 128 in favour to nine against, with 35 abstentions.

The former envoy who is considered as one of the few experts on Israel-Palentine and the Middle East issues, said the Philippines should have instead taken a "no show' position, just like the19 other countries who were absent during the United Nations voting proceedings".

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The UN vote last week, in which a resounding majority of member states declared Trump's move to be null and void, constituted "a worldwide vote of no confidence" in the U.S. president, "from which Israel will suffer the next time it seeks to draft the global community to some joint effort against Iran or any other enemy", stated the analysis, published on the weekend. Let them vote against us. "We don't care", Trump stated.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the US veto of Egypt's draft resolution over Jerusalem on Monday.

The 35 countries that abstained from voting for the Resolution were: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Haiti, Hungary, Jamaica, Latvia, Lesotho, Kiribati, Malawi, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (l.) shakes hands Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint press conference in Jerusalem.

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A day ahead of the Jerusalem vote, Trump said he'd be closely eyeing the outcome and turning off the spigot for nations voting against the resolution.

No other country has its embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.

On December 6, US President Donald Trump formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as well as making plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.

The DFA statement came more than a week after Trump announced announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that its embassy will be moved there.

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