Palestinians achieved a moral victory on Tuesday after the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of appointing Palestine as head of the G77 and China, a coalition of developing nations at the UN.

This move allows Palestine to act more like a full UN member state during meetings in 2019.

While 146 countries voted in favor, only three – Israel, the US and Australia – voted against, and15 countries abstained from voting.

“Multilateral diplomacy took over with broad support from members for a resolution allowing the elected presidency of the G77 and China to carry out its duties effectively,” Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour told Asharq Al-Awsat.

He stressed that Palestine would spare no effort to prove its competence to represent and defend the G77 and China, while also engaging constructively and transparently nwith all partners.

He added that diplomatic moves continue to convince countries that do not recognize Palestine it that it is a responsible country that enjoys political wisdom, enabling it to be a full UN member state.”

Egypt, the current chair of the so-called Group of 77, told the assembly before the vote that because the Palestinians are from a non-member observer state at the UN, a resolution is required to give it “the rights and capacity required” to head the 135-nation group that includes China.

In the framework of article 125 of the 73rd session’s agenda of the General Assembly, on enhancing the UN system, Egypt circulated a draft resolution on the presidency of G77 and China for 2019, which elected Palestine, an unregistered member of the UN organization.

– Al-Aswat