Malaysia wishes to express its disappointment over the recent veto by the United States (US), though expected, on the draft resolution concerning the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 18 December 2017.

The 14 to 1 vote at the UNSC is a clear indication that the international community strongly opposes the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Malaysia reiterates that the issue of Jerusalem is at the core of the Palestinian cause and calls on all Member States of the United Nations not to recognise any attempt to alter the character and status of Jerusalem.

Malaysia welcomes the initiative by Turkey to call for a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Emergency Special Session to deliberate on this issue, with a view to tabling a similar resolution.

Malaysia reaffirms its unwavering support to the Palestinian cause and the continued effort towards the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia