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At US request, Israel said to help convince UAE to back UN resolution condemning Russia

Members of the General Assembly vote on a resolution during a special session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters, on March 2, 2022, in New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP)
Members of the General Assembly vote on a resolution during a special session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters, on March 2, 2022, in New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP)

At the request of the US, Israel helped convince the United Arab Emirates to back a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, the Walla news site reports.

Citing American and Israeli officials, the report says the Biden administration contacted Israel for help after the UAE abstained on a UN Security Council resolution condemning Russia in protest of the US response to a deadly attack on Abu Dhabi by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

An Israeli official is quoted saying Foreign Minister Yair Lapid phoned his Emirati counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed to encourage the UAE to vote in favor of the General Assembly resolution.

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