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Turkey strongly condemns US decision on Golan Heights

ANKARA, TURKEY - MARCH 23: Turkish President and the leader of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the crowd during a joint election rally of People's Alliance ahead of March 31 local elections in Ankara, Turkey on March 23, 2019. ( Volkan Furuncu - Anadolu Agency )

Turkey strongly condemned the United States’ recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and called it a grave violation of international law, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

“This unfortunate decision…demonstrates that the US Administration continues its approach to be part of the problem, rather than part of the solution in the Middle East,” a ministry statement said.

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Turkey called on the international community to comply with the fundamental principles of the United Nations.

“This decision is completely null and void for Turkey,” the statement added.

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