Nikki Haley Hosts 'Friends of the US' Reception for Select UN Envoys

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 7, 2018

The "Friends of the U.S." reception was held Wednesday night in NY at the USA mission to the United Nations.

Two weeks after the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution criticizing the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hosted a reception on Wednesday for the 64 other countries that refused to back the measure.

U.S. President Donald Trump also addressed the guests in a brief pre-taped video, thanking the envoys whose nations had supported America. "Thank you to the 64", Haley's Twitter page said, sharing photos of the event.

"Rest assured that your actions on Thursday, December 21, will go down as a very important date; [and] were noted and greatly appreciated". "The United States remains committed to achieving lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians". "We will continue to work with the partners like you to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for the region, for the people, and for the world", the President concluded.

Nine countries voted against the resolution, including Israel, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras and Togo, and 35 abstained, including the six European Union member states Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Latvia.

On December 21, 128 countries voted at the United Nations against the U.S.'s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the decision to relocate its embassy to the city. "It's easy for friends to be with you in the good times, but it's the friends who are with you during the challenging times that will never be forgotten", Haley said at the reception. "There's a lot of hypocrisy in the United Nations", he told reporters on his way in to the event.

On December 21, 128 countries voted in favor of a resolution condemning the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and calling on countries not to move their diplomatic missions to the city. "We thank Ambassador Haley and the American people for their strong stance on behalf of truth and historical justice".

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