December 23, 2016 / 4:45 PM / 2 years ago

U.S. senator threatens to curb aid over U.N. resolution on Israel

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt April 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. senator who oversees the United States’ UN funding threatened on Friday to pull financial support for the international body if it moves forward with a vote on a resolution over Israeli settlements, and for any nation that backs the measure.

Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who oversees the Senate subcommittee that controls such assistance, said in a statement: “If the United Nations moves forward with the ill-conceived resolution, I will work to form a bipartisan coalition to suspend or significantly reduce United States assistance to the United Nations.”

Reporting by Susan Heavey and Michelle Nichols; Editing by Eric Walsh

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