UN and Russia ask the US to return to the UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations and Russia on Thursday called on the United States to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the Human Rights Council of the world body.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in Moscow that “of course, we would much prefer the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council.”

“I believe that human rights organizations are an important tool, at the present time, to promote and protect human rights around the world,” he added after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov.

Lavrov said: “We hope that this decision will not be final, and that the United States will reestablish its commitment to the United Nations.”

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