Arab world regrets veto of Palestine’s full UN membership

Arab countries and international organizations expressed regret over the US veto of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution calling for Palestine's full membership in the UN.

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Saudi Arabia‘s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its X account that the US veto would “ensure the continuation of Israel’s violations of international law”.

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The statement noted that Saudi Arabia regretted the rejection of the Algerian draft resolution at the 15-member UNSC demanding full membership of Palestine to the UN by Algeria with the “no” vote of the permanent member US, and said: “The blocking of the acceptance of the full membership of the Palestinian state to the UN contributes to the continuation of the Israeli occupation’s stubbornness and the continuous violation of the rules of international law without deterrence, and does not bring us closer to the desired goal of peace.”


The Egyptian Foreign Ministry also expressed regret that the UNSC did not adopt a resolution that would allow the state of Palestine to become a full member of the UN.

Recognizing the state of Palestine and ratifying its full membership in the UN is the most natural right of the Palestinian people, who have suffered under Israeli occupation for nearly 75 years, the ministry said in a statement.


In a statement, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry expressed “deep regret” over the failure of the UNSC to admit the state of Palestine as a full member of the UN as a result of the US use of its veto power.

The statement emphasized an independent Palestinian state and stated that full membership in the UN is a fixed right of the Palestinian people.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation

In a written statement issued by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), it was expressed that the US veto and the non-membership of Palestine were regretted.

The US veto prevented them from obtaining their legitimate rights and contributed to the continuation of the historic injustice imposed on the Palestinian people for nearly 75 years.

Arab League

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abu Gayt made a written statement on the issue on his X account.

“It is extremely unfortunate that the veto was used to thwart a clear international will to accept Palestine’s accession to the United Nations as a full member. But we know that this is only one step on the road to a long political struggle that will inevitably culminate in the victory of the Palestinian will, supported by the Arabs and internationally.”

Palestine’s membership application

Palestine also applied for full UN membership in 2011, but failed to gain the necessary support in the UNSC. Palestine was later granted UN “permanent observer status” in 2012.

On April 2, Palestine’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Riyad Mansour, sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, asking him to reconsider their membership application.

Guterres had also written to the UNSC on April 3, calling for the Palestinian request to be put on the agenda.

On April 8, the UNSC forwarded the Palestinian request to the “Committee on the Admission of New Members”.

The Committee, which was supposed to return to the UNSC on membership, announced that it could not reach an agreement after two meetings.

Algeria then opened a draft resolution for Palestine’s accession for negotiations.


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