Sri Lanka abstains from backing US resolution condemning Hamas

Sri Lanka abstains from backing US resolution condemning Hamas

Sri Lanka abstains from backing US resolution condemning Hamas

Written by Staff Writer

07 Dec, 2018 | 10:01 pm

Colombo (News 1st) – The United Nations General Assembly has rejected a United States-sponsored resolution seeking to condemn Hamas, the Palestinian group administering the besieged Gaza Strip.

The resolution, which was backed strongly by Israel, needed a two-thirds majority to pass, following an earlier vote in the assembly.

The proposal failed to cross the threshold, with 86 nations voting in favour and 57 voting against. Thirty-three countries abstained. Among the 33 countries that abstained are Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan, Kenya, Nepal, Philipines and Thailand.

News 1st has written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs requesting a comment on Sri Lanka’s stance and is awaiting a response.

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