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Turkey blasts Arab nations for silence over Golan move

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen (not seen) hold a joint press conference after "Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Emergency Open-Ended Executive Committee Meeting at the Level of Foreign Ministers on the Terrorist Attack Against Two Mosques in New Zealand and on Countering Hatred and Intolerance against Muslims" in Istanbul, Turkey on 22 March 2019 [Fatih Aktaş/Anadolu Agency]
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Istanbul, Turkey on 22 March 2019 [Fatih Aktaş/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey's foreign minister on Tuesday blasted "some Arab countries" for their silence on U.S. President Donald Trump's move to recognise Israel's sovereignty over occupied Golan Heights, Anadolu Agency reports.

Speaking at an election rally in southern Antalya province, Mevlut Cavusoglu said even the European Union is reacting but "some Arab countries" are unable to raise their voice due to fear of the US and Israel.

Cavusoglu went on to say: "I am not saying all the Arab countries. I do not mean Jordan and Qatar.

"I mean the countries which are bowing down to the U.S. and not raising their voice over Israeli occupation in Jerusalem."

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On Monday, Trump signed a presidential proclamation officially recognising the Golan Heights as an Israeli territory.

The UN said the Golan Heights will still be considered an "occupied territory" under international law, despite Trump's announcement.

Israel occupied the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Israel continues to occupy roughly two-thirds of the wider Golan Heights region as a direct result of the conflict.

In 1981, Israel formally annexed the territory in a move unanimously rejected at the time by the UN Security Council.

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