Syria Condemns US Veto on Palestinian UN Membership

Syria Condemns US Veto on Palestinian UN Membership

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Syria has strongly denounced the United States for vetoing a resolution supporting full UN membership for Palestine, asserting Washington's biased stance towards Israel.

In a statement released on Friday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned the US veto, emphasizing it as indicative of Washington’s unwavering support for the Israeli regime. The ministry underscored that obstructing the establishment of an independent Palestinian State would only exacerbate insecurity and instability in the Middle East, attributing the region's unrest to Israel's continued occupation of Arab territories and its perpetration of aggressive acts against the Palestinian populace.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani also described the US move as "irresponsible" and "unconstructive," asserting that it laid bare the hypocritical nature of US foreign policy and highlighted its increasingly isolated position on the global stage.

The United States stood alone among the 15-member UN Security Council in opposing the resolution, with Britain and Switzerland opting to abstain, while the remaining 12 members voted in favor.

The US decision has drawn condemnation from numerous countries, particularly within the Muslim world. Currently recognized as a non-member observer state, Palestine's bid for full UN membership requires approval from the Security Council followed by a two-thirds majority vote in the UN General Assembly.

Washington's veto coincides with Israel's recent escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip, sparking heightened sympathy for Palestinians and renewed international calls for the recognition of the State of Palestine. Since the onset of the offensive on October 7, the Tel Aviv regime's genocidal war has resulted in the deaths of at least 34,012 Palestinians, predominantly women and children, and left nearly 76,833 others injured.

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