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Countries slam US for vetoing Gaza ceasefire resolution at UN Security Council

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World leaders and officials denounced the United States for voting against a Gaza ceasefire resolution after it vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) draft. This marks the third US veto of a UNSC resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in the besieged Palestinian enclave.

The US veto came on Tuesday as Washington argued that it would undermine negotiations over a hostage deal. It came one day after the US circulated a resolution supporting a “temporary ceasefire” to allow the release of all Israeli hostages from the Gaza Strip.

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The 15-member council voted 13-1, with one abstention from the United Kingdom and the US voting against - provoking criticism not just from China and Russia, which have rejected the US backing for Israel, but also from US allies, including France.

Here, Al Arabiya English provides an overview of how countries and world leaders have responded.

France

France’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nicolas de Riviere, said his country “regrets” that the resolution could not be adopted “given the disastrous situation on the ground” in the Gaza Strip.

De Riviere added that France, which voted in support of the resolution, would remain committed to the UNSC and continue to work toward having all hostages released and for a ceasefire to be “implemented immediately.”

China

China expressed “strong disappointment” over the United States blocking the UNSC resolution, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, citing China’s permanent representative to the UN, Zhang Jun.

“China expresses its strong disappointment at and dissatisfaction with the US veto,” Xinhua reported Zhang Jun as saying.

“The US veto sends a wrong message, pushing the situation in Gaza into a more dangerous one,” Zhang said, adding that objection to ceasefire in Gaza is “nothing different from giving the green light to the continued slaughter.”

Russia

Russia’s UN ambassador, Vasily Nebenzia, criticized the US veto, saying that “Washington’s real goal is not peace in the Middle East or protecting civilians but rather ensuring its geopolitical interests.”

Vasily accused the US of trying to buy time for Israel to complete its “inhumane plans” for Gaza and “cleanse” the enclave.

“[The US veto] marked another black page in the history of the Security Council,” he said, adding that no matter how bitter the ‘aftertaste’ of the vote may be, ‘we are not in the mood to give up.’”

Algeria

Algeria described the US opposition to the ceasefire resolution as an “approval of starvation as a means of war.”

The country’s ambassador to the UNSC, Amar Bendjama, said the UNSC has “failed once again” and warned the move could have profound consequences for the wider Middle East, as reports of famine and severe hunger emerge out of the enclave.

“Our message to you today is that the international community should respond to the calls for ending the killing of Palestinians by calling for an immediate ceasefire. All those impeding such calls should review their policies and their calculations because wrong decisions today will have a cost on our region and our world tomorrow. And this cost will be violence and instability,” Amar Bendjama said.

Qatar

Qatar expressed “deep regret” over the UNSC’s failure to adopt the Algeria-drafted resolution and pledged to continue facilitating efforts to secure a truce in Gaza.



“The ongoing brutal aggression of Gaza exposes time after time the double standards and differing positions of the international community regarding the systemic war crimes practiced by the Israeli occupation,” the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia said it regretted the US veto on the UNSC resolution for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip ahead of a looming ground offensive on Rafah.

“There is a need now more than ever to reform the Security Council to carry out its responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security with credibility and without double standards,” the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.



The Kingdom warned of the deteriorating humanitarian condition in the Gaza Strip, adding that “the escalation does not serve any efforts calling for a dialogue and a peaceful solution to the Palestinian issue in accordance with the relevant international resolutions.”

Palestinian Authority

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the US veto went against the international community and gave Israel “an additional green light for the Israeli occupation to continue its aggression against the people of Gaza and to launch a bloody assault against Rafah.”

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His office said, “this policy makes the United States a partner in the crimes of genocide and ethnic cleansing and the war crimes Israeli forces are committing.”

United Arab Emirates

The UAE said it was “deeply disappointed” after the US vetoed the UNSC draft resolution.

“The UAE is deeply disappointed with the outcome of today’s vote in the UN Security Council on the humanitarian ceasefire draft resolution, which was supported by 13 of the 15 members," the UAE Mission to the UN said on X.

“After more than four months of carnage and no end in sight, this war must end.”

Norway

Norway said it “regrets” the failure to adopt the UNSC resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

“It is imperative to end the horror in Gaza,” the country’s mission to the UN said on X.

Cuba

Cuba’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, speaking at the International Court of Justice on Wednesday, accused the United States of being complicit in the massacre of the Palestinian people by the Israeli military.

“The Palestinian people, its girls, boys, women and civilian population as a whole, continue to be massacred due to the illegal use of force by Israel,” Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo said.

“All this takes place with the complicity of countries such as the USA,” she added.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez also criticized the US veto, saying it made them complicit in Israel’s crimes against Palestinians.

“The US has just vetoed again the UN Security Council resolution that demanded an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the forced displacement of the Palestinian population,” Bermudez said in a social media post.

“They are accomplices of this genocide of Israel against Palestine.”

Jordan

Jordan expressed “regret” and “disappointment” in the UNSC’s failure to once again adopt a ceasefire resolution due to the US veto, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The failure reflects the international community’s struggle to contain the humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing Israeli war against Gaza,” the foreign ministry said.

Jordanian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sufian Qudah described what he called the UN Security Council’s “repeated failure” to bring the war on Gaza to a halt.

with Agencies

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