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Saudi Arabia Rejects US Recognition of Bolan Heights as Israeli Territory

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia rejected the US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, condemning it as a violation of international law.

According to the statement, “Saudi Arabia expresses its firm rejection and condemnation of the US administration’s declaration that it recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.”

The Golan remains occupied Syrian Arab land and its recognition as Israeli is a violation of the UN Charter and international resolutions, the statement said.

“This will have negative effects on the Middle East peace process and security and stability in the region,” it added.

In the wake of Trump’s proclamation, fellow veto-wielding UN Security Council permanent members Britain and France have both said they will continue to consider the Golan Heights Israeli-occupied in line with council resolutions, as have China and Russia.

Trump, a key Saudi ally, broke with decades of US policy on Monday, signing a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the strategic territory it seized from Syria in the Six Day War of 1967.