Nigeria, 127 other countries reject Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Nigeria and 127 other countries have voted against the decision of President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The countries on the opposing side stood their ground at the UN General Assembly despite Trump’s threat to cut off funding to them.

Thirty-five countries, among them Rwanda abstained while nine tiny countries, including Togo, voted along with US.

This means the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.

Speaking ahead of the emergency session, Nikki Haley, US ambassador warned the general assembly that the United States “will remember this day”.

“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that,” Haley said.

“But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN.

“When we make generous contributions to the UN we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognised and respected.”

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