FO regrets US veto of Palestinian bid to become UN member

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has expressed its regret over the decision of the US to veto a bid to pave way for recognition of Palestinian state as a full member of the UN.

“Pakistan is deeply disappointed by the result of last night’s debate at the UNSC and its inability to reach a consensus and recommend Palestine’s membership to UN General Assembly,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said in her weekly press briefing.

“We regret the US decision to veto the draft resolution granting full membership of the UN to Palestine,” she added.

The UNSC resolution required at least nine votes in favour and no vetoes from its five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States — to pass.

“The people of Palestine have their inherent right to live in a sovereign Palestinian state with the pre-1967 borders and Quds Al-Sharif as its capital,’ said the spokesperson.

The stumbling block in the implementation of the ceasefire is the Israeli occupation authorities, she added.

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