Golan Heights: Trump signs order recognising occupied area as Israeli

 

Media captionNetanyahu praises Trump for recognising Israel control of Golan
President Donald Trump has officially recognised Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967, in a move hailed as “historic” by Israel’s prime minister.

Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces an election next month, was by Mr Trump’s side as he signed the proclamation.

Syria said Mr Trump’s decision was “a blatant attack on its sovereignty”.

Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, in a move that is not recognised internationally.

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he was “clear that the status of Golan has not changed”.

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