Developing nations call on the US to lift its veto on Palestinian-related matters at the United Nations

by Abbas Adil

Shafaqna India: On Saturday, the D-8 group of developing nations urged the US to lift its veto on granting Palestine full membership as an independent and sovereign state in the United Nations.

Currently, Palestine holds the status of a non-member observer state, a de facto recognition of statehood granted by the UN General Assembly in 2012.

In a declaration following a council of ministers meeting in Istanbul, D-8 members—Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey—also called for all countries to cease supplying weapons and ammunition to Israel.

Last month, the UN General Assembly supported Palestine’s bid to become a full UN member by recognizing it as qualified and recommending that the UN Security Council “reconsider the matter favorably.”

This push for full membership comes amid an ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as Israel continues to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank, which the UN deems illegal.

With the Palestinian death toll in Gaza surpassing 36,000 and a humanitarian crisis unfolding in the enclave, human rights groups and critics have condemned the US for supplying weapons to Israel and largely defending its actions.

On Saturday, the Israeli military reported the rescue of four hostages taken by Hamas during the October 7 attack, in which Israel stated that 1,200 people were killed and 250 abducted.

Additionally, a Palestinian health official reported that at least 50 Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks on Nuseirat and other areas of central Gaza on Saturday.

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