"Malaysia will continue to play an active role as a United Nations member state in contributing towards efforts to address the underlying issues and to attain a just, lasting and peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict", it said.
The U.N. General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an "international protection mechanism" for occupied Palestinian territory.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a letter that he "expresses thanks and appreciation to the members of the UN that voted for the resolution to provide global protection for the Palestinian nation".
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement today that Malaysia co-sponsored and voted in favour of the resolution in line with its long-standing and unwavering support for the Palestinian cause. Eight countries voted against the resolution while 45 abstained from voting.
This is Riyad Mansour, Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, speaking at Wednesday's General Assembly.
"The nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day. It is totally one-sided".
In December 128 countries defied President Donald Trump and voted in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution calling for the U.S. to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "Responsible members of the worldwide community have shown once again that Palestinian people will never be left alone in the face of grave violations of their fundamental rights, primarily their right to live, and will not keep silent against injustice", the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement after the vote on late July 13. "By supporting this resolution you are empowering Hamas".
Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the USA in voting against the resolution, which comes weeks after Washington vetoed a similar resolution in the 15-member UN Security Council.
According to the terms of the resolution, Guterres has 60 days to come back with suggestions for ways to ensure "the safety, protection and wellbeing of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation". He referred to another vote in the U.N. General Assembly late 2017, which had called the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem illegal. That being said, an "international protective mechanism" would have to be approved by the Security Council, where the U.S. has veto power.