US President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation on Monday recognising Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The signing ceremony took place after Trump issued joint remarks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.
Washington's move was made in spite of Arab League Secretary-General Aboul Gheit's last week announcement that the bloc fully supported Syrian sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Prior to the US president's statement, US Senator Lindsey Graham told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would push the United States to formally recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which were seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.
The Golan Heights, considered by Syria and much of the international community to be a part of its territory, was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. It was not until 1981 that Tel Aviv passed legislation formally annexing the area. The United Nations has not recognised the annexation. Moreover, 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 on 30 October.