The UN’s decision is tantamount to sending the message of solidarity with the people of Palestine and highlighting their right to decide their own fate, Gholam-Hossein Dehqani said on Thursday.
“By approving this resolution today, the United Nations General Assembly demonstrated its continued support for the Palestinian cause,” the Iranian envoy added.
Dehqani also expressed the hope that Palestinians would soon achieve what they deserve, namely the experience of a life with independence and free from occupation, and an appropriate position among the international community members.
His comments came after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution allowing Palestine and Vatican to raise their flags at the UN headquarters, a symbolic step pursued by the Palestinians in their quest for an independent state.
The resolution allows non-member observer states to fly their flags alongside those of the 193 UN member states.
Voting in favor of the resolution were Iran, the countries of the Arab world, and nearly every African and Asian country. It was co-sponsored by more than 50 countries.
Israel, the US, Canada and Australia were among the handful that voted against it. 119 nations voted “yes” and 45 abstained.
Europe was divided with France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Poland among those voting “yes” while Britain, Germany, the Baltic states and others abstained.