'Israeli delegation' cancels Washington visit after US abstains from UN ceasefire vote

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Published: 2024-03-25 19:43

Last Updated: 2024-04-17 21:30


'Israeli delegation' cancels Washington visit after US abstains from UN ceasefire vote
'Israeli delegation' cancels Washington visit after US abstains from UN ceasefire vote

The office of the Israeli Occupation Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced the cancellation of its delegation's visit to Washington following its decision to abstain from voting on a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

This move was described as a departure from the consistent US position in the Security Council throughout the aggression.


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Meanwhile, the White House expressed disappointment over the Israeli Occupation government's choice not to send a delegation to discuss the operation in Rafah.

However, the US Secretary of Defense's meeting with his Israeli Occupation counterpart is still scheduled, indicating that it is separate from the canceled delegation's visit to the White House.

John Kirby, the Strategic Communications Coordinator for the US National Security Council, clarified that the US abstention from voting on the resolution does not signal a shift in policy.

He emphasized that while the US did not vote in favor of the resolution, the decision to abstain was due to the absence of a condemnation of Hamas in the final version.

Kirby also stated that if Israeli Occupation decides not to visit Washington due to the Security Council vote, the US will continue to engage with them to convey its perspectives.