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Saudi Arabia condemns US Golan move

28 March 2019

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay criticized Tuesday the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory occupied since 1967. The decision "will have significant negative effects on the peace process in the Middle East and the security and stability of the region", a statement released by Saudi Arabia's state news agency SPA said.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem says the US decision "will not change the fact that the Golan is an occupied Syrian territory".

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates said that they regretted the decision, adding that global law should be honored. Secondly, Armenians should not validate the unjust handover of the occupied Syrian territory of Golan Heights to Israel by comparing it to Artsakh - an historical Armenian land given to Azerbaijan by Stalin.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim said the "Golan is occupied Syrian land and its sovereignty must fully return to Syria" in accordance with Security Council resolutions.

The Cabinet said the area is an occupied Syrian Arab land.

To complicate matters further, Pres. Trump's controversial announcement came shortly before the April 9 Israeli elections which will determine whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will retain his post. SANA said other protests took place in the southern city of Daraa, about 20 kilometers (13 miles) from the Golan Heights.

Lebanon said the move "violates all the rules of worldwide law" and "undermines any effort to reach a just peace".

Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian said the decision "is against all worldwide and United Nations laws".

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Turkey's foreign minister said the United States had ignored global law.

Bahrain called on the worldwide community to end Israel's illegal occupation of the land, stressing the move will preserve stability in the region.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the world body's policy on the Golan Heights is reflected in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, which have not changed.

Ever since Trump became President of the United States he has ignored both USA and worldwide laws.

"The recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an occupied territory, would be contrary to worldwide law".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US decision was not an attempt to make a statement with regard to the acquisition of territory during times of war.

The French presidency did not immediately schedule the meeting and diplomats said there would be a discussion at the council about the request.

Global Affairs added that Canada remains "a steadfast friend" of Israel's, saying, "We stand with Israel and support Israel's right to live in peace and security with its neighbours".

Saudi Arabia condemns US Golan move