Saudi Arabia denounces Trump’s Golan Heights recognition as Israeli territory

Saudi Arabia denounced early Tuesday (local time) President Trump’s recognition to Golan Heights saying, “Attempts to impose fait accompli do not change the facts.”

Saudi Press Agency released a statement adding, “(the territory was an) occupied Syrian Arab land in accordance with the relevant international resolutions.”

The statement further read that the move by Trump is to have significant negative effects on Middle East peace process apart from the stability and security of Golan Heights.

Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed Monday proclamation to officially grant US recognition of the territory.

In late 2017 Trump administration moved US Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after recognizing the holy city as Israel’s capital.

Prior to 1967 Golan Heights was a territory of Syria. Israel seized it in the Middle East War (Six-Day War) and in 1981 annexed it, but then the region was not recognized internationally. It was regarded as occupied and Israeli settlements were illegal under international law.

Meanwhile, Trump administration has blocked most of the funding to Palestinians, leaving couple of projects unfinished including a school.

Before the development US always maintained saying status of Jerusalem would be decided as part of broader Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

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