Togo sides with US in Jerusalem debate


Togo was the only African country to support the United States in recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

President Donald Trump caused an uproar around the world last week when he announced that the US would officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, going against an international agreement.

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday voted on a resolution calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Most African states, including South Africa, Nigeria and Ethiopia voted for the resolution, while others like Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan chose to abstain.

Botswana – a staunch US ally – also voted for the resolution, issuing a statement prior to the vote saying that it would not be “intimidated” by the United States.

The final results saw 128 countries vote for the resolution, nine against and 35 abstained.

Prior to the vote, the US president warned that he would consider cutting financial aid to states who sided against him, while the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the US would be “taking names” and “watching carefully” how countries voted.

The US received outright support from only nine countries. Aside from Togo, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau sided with them.