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Saudi Arabia denounces US recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory

An Israeli soldier sits in an army Merkava tank during a military drill in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on 12 February 2019 [JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images]
An Israeli soldier sits in an army Merkava tank during a military drill in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on 12 February 2019 [JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images]

Saudi Arabia denounced US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency said early on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

“Attempts to impose fait accompli do not change the facts,” the statement said. It said the Golan Heights was an “occupied Syrian Arab land in accordance with the relevant international resolutions”.

“It will have significant negative effects on the peace process in the Middle East and the security and stability of the region,” it said.

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Trump, with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking over his shoulder during a visit to Washington, signed a proclamation on Monday officially granting US recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East War and annexed it in 1981 in a move not recognised internationally.

The Saudi Press Agency report described Monday’s declaration as a clear violation of the United Nations Charter and of international law.

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