Roundup: Mideast countries welcome UN resolution in favor of Palestine membership-Xinhua

Roundup: Mideast countries welcome UN resolution in favor of Palestine membership

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2024-05-11 06:12:15

CAIRO, May 10 (Xinhua) -- Countries in the Middle East welcomed the UN General Assembly's resolution that urges the Security Council to grant Palestine full UN membership.

In a statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the "historic resolution" recognized the rights of Palestinian people who have suffered for more than seven decades of foreign occupation.

The ministry stressed that the resolution came at a crucial moment when the Palestinian issue was going through a "delicate stage."

Egypt called on all countries that have yet to decide to recognize the Palestinian state to "take this important and pivotal step" to support the Palestinian cause and the rights of the Palestinian people.

Amir Saeid Iravani, Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, also voiced the country's support and approval for the general assembly's move to adopt the resolution, according to the official news agency IRNA.

Iravani, speaking at a UNGA meeting in New York, said that the resolution correctly confirmed that Palestine was eligible to join the UN as a full member.

He said that accepting Palestine as a full UN member was the "first step and a pivotal moment" in addressing and rectifying the historical injustices suffered by the Palestinian people.

In a statement, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry welcomed the new resolution, adding that it "supports all international efforts and endeavors aimed at Palestine obtaining full membership in the United Nations."

The Iraqi ministry lauded the resolution as "a first step towards restoring full Palestinian rights, and contributes to achieving peace in the region," according to the official Iraqi News Agency.

In a statement welcoming the resolution, Jordanian foreign ministry's spokesperson Sufian Al-Qudah said the resolution reflects international consensus on the right of the State of Palestine to full membership in the United Nations.

The outcome embodies the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to build an independent and sovereign state along the 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem, the ministry said in a statement posted on social media X.

Earlier Friday, the UN General Assembly passed with 143 votes in favor and nine against, including the U.S. and Israel, while 25 countries abstained.

The resolution does not grant the Palestinians full UN membership but recognizes them as qualified to join.

The resolution said "the State of Palestine... should therefore be admitted to membership" and recommended that "the Security Council reconsider the matter favorably."