US President Donald Trump signed an executive order formally recognising Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.
The Golan Heights was seized by Israel from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967. In 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Israel to immediately withdraw its forces from the Golan Heights after the country organised local elections in the area on 30 October.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States' decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory was well coordinated in advance, and the State Department was ready for the announcement, the department's Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters on Thursday.
A US decision to formally back Israel and recognise its sovereignty over the Golan Heights that the Jewish state seized from Syria and claimed to be its territory decades ago, triggered a harsh response around the world. Sputnik discussed the situation in the region with a veteran war correspondent and Al-Rai Chief International Elijah J. Magnier.
PRAGUE (Sputnik) – The Czech Republic clings to the European Union’s position and the UNSC Resolution viewing the Golan Heights as the area occupied by Israel, Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said in the wake of the US decision to recognize the Golan as a part of the Israeli territory.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States is urging Russia to compel the Syrian government to pull out from an area of separation near the Golan Heights, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the United States Mission to the United Nations Rodney Hunter told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Union has not changed its position regarding the Golan Heights and does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied territory, Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson for EU diplomatic service, said in a statement on Wednesday.
US President Donald Trump signed Monday a proclamation formally recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights after his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.
US President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday to sign a presidential proclamation officially recognising the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, thus formalising a move announced with a tweet earlier on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia has condemned the Trump administration's recognition of the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory, the Saudi Press Agency said Tuesday, cited by Reuters.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - President Donald Trump may follow his move to recognize Israeli control over the Golan Heights by reversing US policy towards the West Bank as part of his scheme to get Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected, former CIA officer Philip Giraldi told Sputnik.
ANKARA (Sputnik) – The Turkish Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize the sovereignty of Israel over the Golan Heights.
US President Donald Trump's move to formally recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights isn't likely to have much of an impact on the daily life of Palestinians living in the region, Daoud Kuttab, an award-winning Palestinian journalist, told Sputnik.
On 25 March, US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation officially recognising the Golan Heights as Israel's territory. Speaking to Sputnik, Turkish scholars have explained how Trump's move may further undermine the stability of the Middle Eastern region and what risks it is fraught with.
On 24 March, Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs Yisrael Katz said that Donald Trump would sign a decree recognising Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Monday.