Solomon Islands abstains from UN Jerusalem vote

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Solomon Islands and 34 other countries abstained from the United Nations General Assembly vote for the United States to withdraw its controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The UN General Assembly voted 128-9 on Thursday in favour of the resolution to declare the US decision ‘null and void.’

Although the vote is not legally binding, it is a reflection of global opinion.

Seven Pacific Island countries including Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau sided with the United States and Israel on the resolution.

Tonga and Samoa were among the 21 countries that did not cast a vote. Along with Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Australia abstained.

The Trump administration threatened to cut off humanitarian aid to countries that voted in favour of the resolution, and that is thought to have lead to the high number of abstentions.

“For all these nations, they take our money and then vote against us,” US President Donald Trump said. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us.”

“We’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”

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