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.

Silhouette sculptures of Israeli soldiers are pictured next to a sign for tourists showing the respective distances to Damascus and Baghdad from an army post on Mount Bental in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on January 20, 2019.  - Sputnik International
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