Holness Rejects Suggestions of Conducting Diplomacy for US Aid

Prime Minister Holness, dismissed suggestions that an abstention from a UN vote to reject the US declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was out of a fear of losing US aid.

He says Jamaica doesn’t conduct its foreign affairs in such a way. The Prime Minister was asked the question yesterday afternoon during a Joint Press Conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Jamaica was among 35 countries which abstained from a United Nations’ vote to reject US President, Donald Trump’s decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel. The vote which had overwhelming support from UN member states repudiated the decision seen globally as a threat to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Prime Minister Holness says Jamaica didn’t need to take a position.

Just before the vote US UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, issued a strongly worded threat to any country choosing to stand against the US decision.

However, Prime Minister Holness says this had nothing to do with his decision.

For his part US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says its necessary for the US to be discerning as to who receives its aid going forward.


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