Iran condemns USA recognition of Israel's "sovereignty" over Golan Heights

Trump signs proclamation recognising Golan Heights as Israeli territory

With Monday's signing, Trump officially granted USA recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory, a shift from decades of US policy that was welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and denounced by many countries.

"We raise our strong concerns about broader consequences of recognizing illegal annexation and also about the broader regional consequences", he said, flanked by the ambassadors of the four other countries.

Speaking at the emergency Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Istanbul Friday, Erdoğan said Turkey will never allow the legitimization of Israel's invasion of Golan Heights.

The Golan Heights, which belonged to Syria, were part of Israel's conquests in the 1967 war.

Mr Trump formally signed the proclamation alongside Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, reversing more than a half-century of USA policy in the Middle East.

The MoFAIC has well reaffirmed the necessity of abiding by UN Security Council resolutions No. 242 of 1967 and 497 of 1981 and the principles set out in the Arab Peace Initiative concerning a full Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights.

Ukraine also stated it abided by the several resolutions of the UN Security Council, which set the status of the Golan Heights as "Israeli-occupied territory". When Israel adopted a law that effectively annexed the territory back in 1981, the United Nations unanimously declared that it was "null and void and without worldwide legal effect".

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But Netanyahu has also deployed his considerable powers of persuasion to charm the mercurial president he calls his "friend". Trump's move bolsters Netanyahu's re-election bid while compromising much of the US's own worldwide agenda.

The council is scheduled to discuss the United States move on Wednesday when it meets to discuss the future of the peacekeeping force deployed on the Golan, known as UNDOF.

Turkey's foreign minister said the U.S. had ignored global law.

However, the United Nations took the same position as Canada, with a spokesperson for secretary-general Antonio Guterres saying that UN policy on the Golan "is reflected in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and that policy has not changed".

Syria's government lashed out as well, saying "Trump does not have the right or the legal authority to legitimize the occupation", according to the Saudi newspaper. Secondly, Armenians should not validate the unjust handover of the occupied Syrian territory of Golan Heights to Israel by comparing it to Artsakh - an historical Armenian land given to Azerbaijan by Stalin.

Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian said the decision "is against all global and United Nations laws".

One senior Israeli official on the plane, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss bilateral relations, pointed to the Trump administration's recognition of the occupied Golan Heights as evidence of a new attitude in Washington. Multiple resolutions by the United Nations over the years have established the worldwide community's rejection of Israel's claim to the land.

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