UN condemns 'plot' against Saudi envoy to the US

The 193-member Assembly adopted a Saudi-drafted resolution that “deplored” the plot to kill Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in Washington and called on Iran to cooperate with countries trying to bring to justice those who planned, sponsored or attempted to carry it out.

The resolution did not directly accuse Tehran of carrying out the plot, but it called on Iran “to comply with all of its obligations under international law, including the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, particularly with respect to its obligations to provide law enforcement assistance.”

It asked Tehran to “cooperate with States seeking to bring to justice all those who participated in the planning, sponsoring, organisation and attempted execution” of the plot.

In explaining India’s decision on the resolution on ‘Terrorist Attacks on Internationally Protected Persons’, New Delhi’s Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said “we have abstained on the resolution, as its substance deals with a specific case in which we are not in the possession of full facts and the matter is sub-judice.”

The resolution received 106 votes in favour and nine votes against, while 40 countries abstained. A series of proposed amendments from Iran did not obtain a majority and were not adopted.

Puri said India, which itself has been a victim of terrorism for decades, condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

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