Haley fetes ‘friends’ who supported US against UN Jerusalem resolution
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Haley fetes ‘friends’ who supported US against UN Jerusalem resolution

'Thank you to the 64,' tweets US envoy after party for states that opposed, abstained or didn't show up for vote condemning Trump's recognition of Israel's capital

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters,New York, January 2, 2018. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)
US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters,New York, January 2, 2018. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)

Nikky Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, on Wednesday received 64 representatives of nations who supported the US in a December UN General Assembly vote condemning President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Under the title “A great evening of friends,” Haley’s Twitter page said, “It’s easy for friends to be with you in the good times, but it’s the friends who are with you during the challenging times that will never be forgotten. Thank you to the 64.”

She was photographed surrounded by ambassadors at a reception in New York City that was announced in December.

On December 21, 128 countries voted in favor of a resolution condemning the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and calling on countries not to move their diplomatic missions to the city. That was despite a threat from Trump, reiterated by Haley just before the vote, to cut aid to countries that supported the resolution.

Nine countries — the US, Israel, Togo, Micronesia, Guatemala, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands and Honduras — voted against it. There were 35 abstentions, including a number of countries that had been widely expected to support the move, such as Colombia, Mexico, Malawi and Rwanda. A further 21 countries did not vote at all.

Haley tweeted after the vote that “65 countries refused to condemn the United States” — totaling the no votes, the abstentions and the no-shows.

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