UN snub showed decline in US influence: Top Iran official
A senior Iranian official has hailed a recent UN resolution on al-Quds, saying its approval showed a decline in Washington’s influence on the international stage.
“At the United Nations and the General Assembly, the US failed to secure even a single ‘Yes’ vote,” in favor of changing Israel’s “capital,” despite all advance warnings to its allies, said Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday, Press TV reported.
In a highly controversial policy shift, the US President Donald Trump announced on December 6 that Washington was recognizing al-Quds as the “capital” of the illegal Zionist entity and was preparing to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.
The announcement triggered global condemnations and protests.
Left isolated at the UN Security Council, the US was forced on December 18 to use its veto after Britain and all other members of the body voted for a binding resolution condemning Trump’s move.
Velayati further described the global support for the anti-US measure as “unprecedented,” saying the Security Council’s vote “was even met with criticism from the Americans themselves concerning a decline in the United States’ influence at the UN.”
“Major European Union countries unanimously voted against the US. That gives rise to a question as to what caused the change in their views. [The change can be attributed to] the victories of the resistance front in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.”
The issue of Palestine is still of paramount importance to the Muslim world, he said, pointing out to attempts by “enemies and opponents” to sideline this issue.
“They portrayed the Islamic Republic, the main supporter of the resistance front, as the world’s main enemy. But the recent majority vote at the UN General Assembly reflected the awareness and cognizance of the global public opinion,” Velayati noted.