Fiji abstained in a vote on a resolution which calls on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The resolution “calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem”.
The nine countries that voted against the resolution were: the United States, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.
Fiji was one of the 35 countries that abstained.
The 35 nations that abstained were: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Haiti, Hungary, Jamaica, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu.
The resolution says that any decisions regarding the status of the city are “null and void” and must be cancelled.
The non‑binding resolution was approved by 128 states, with 35 abstaining and nine others voting against.
It came after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut financial aid to those who backed the resolution.
The 128 that voted in favour were:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan
Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi
Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote D’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus
Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica
Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia
Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana
Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy
Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan
Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg
Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique
Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway
Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria
Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan
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