The US has voiced its opposition to the choice of former Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad as the UN envoy to Libya, blocking the appointment that becomes virtually impossible without the Security Council’s “green light.”
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Friday that her country was “disappointed” with UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s choice for the post and showed his opposition.
“For too long the UN has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” the diplomat said.
Nikki Haley recalled that Washington “does not currently recognize a Palestinian state and does not support the signal that this nomination would send within the United Nations.”
“In the future, the United States will act – not just talk – in support of our allies,” Haley added.
The US ambassador’s message to the United Nations garnered an immediate reaction from Israel that the administration of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, once again demonstrated its clear support for the country.
“This is the beginning of a new era at the UN, an era in which the United States is firmly in line with Israel against any attempt to harm the Jewish state,” Israeli ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement.
Trump’s administration has insisted that it will support Israel at the United Nations and has consistently criticized the resolution calling for an “immediate” end to Israel’s settlement policy in East Jerusalem and in the occupied West Bank, approved last December by the Council of United Nations Security thanks to the abstention of former President of the United States, Barack Obama.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres reported this week in a letter to the Security Council that he intended to appoint former Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad (2007-2013) as the United Nations envoy to Libya, Of German Martin Kobler, who ends his term this year.
However, Guterres has not yet made public his decision and on Friday a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General declined to confirm whether his choice fell on the former Palestinian leader.