December 23, 2016 / 8:00 PM / 4 years ago

House Speaker Ryan, Senator McCain condemn U.S. abstention on U.N.'s Israel vote

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's USA Thank You Tour event at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain, both Republicans, blasted the Obama administration’s decision to abstain in a U.N. Security Council vote on Friday condemning Israeli settlements.

Ryan said in a statement the U.S. abstention was “absolutely shameful” and a “blow to peace.” McCain said in a statement the U.S. move “has made us complicit in this outrageous attack.”

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by David Alexander

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