Sunday, May 26, 2024

UN General Assembly votes to expand Palestine’s membership

A resolution to expand Palestine’s “rights and privileges” at the United Nations passes with 143 countries voting in favour, nine voting against, and 25 abstentions.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Palestine will continue to push for full membership at the UN after today’s General Assembly vote.

He said the resolution’s passage showed that the world stands with the rights and freedom of the Palestinian people, and against Israel’s occupation.

Israel’s ambassador denounces the UN for “welcoming a terror state into its ranks.”

The vote at the UN General Assembly to back the granting of “new rights and privileges” to the State of Palestine has paved a pathway for Palestine to achieve full UN member status.

The resolution calls on the Security Council to reconsider the request for Palestine to become the 194th member of the United Nations. The United States vetoed a Security Council resolution on 18 April that would have paved way for full membership.

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