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Obama administration intended to abstain from UN vote on settlements - Western officials
December 22, 2016 / 10:41 PM / 7 months ago

Obama administration intended to abstain from UN vote on settlements - Western officials

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration intended to abstain from a U.N. Security Council vote on a draft resolution critical of Israel settlement-building, Western officials told Reuters on Thursday.

Egypt earlier postponed the vote and diplomats said Cairo had acted under pressure from Israel and to avoid alienating U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by James Dalgleish

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