December 22, 2016 / 3:13 PM / 3 years ago

Egypt seeks delay of U.N. security council vote on Israeli settlements: diplomat

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in New Delhi, India, September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has instructed Egypt’s U.N. mission to postpone a Security Council vote on a draft resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, a western diplomat told Reuters on Thursday.

Egypt had circulated the draft on Wednesday evening and the 15-member council had been due to vote at 3 p.m. (1500 ET) on Thursday. It was unclear how the United States, which has traditionally protected Israel from U.N. action, planned to vote.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Susan Heavey and Chizu Nomiyama

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