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Palestinians Ask Biden Not to Block U.N. Membership Bid

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh gestures during an interview with Reuters in his office in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 27, 2019 (photo credit: RANEEN SAWAFTA/ REUTERS)
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh gestures during an interview with Reuters in his office in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 27, 2019 (photo credit: RANEEN SAWAFTA/ REUTERS)

Palestinian officials are trying to convince the US administration to support their renewed attempt to gain full membership in the United Nations.

However, some Palestinians on Thursday ruled out the possibility that the US administration would support the move. They pointed out that the membership bid requires the approval of the UN Security Council, where America has the right to veto such a resolution.

In 2012, the UN General Assembly granted the Palestinians non-member observer status.

On Wednesday, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on the US administration not to block the Palestinians’ bid for full membership in the UN. He made the call during a meeting in Ramallah with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr.

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