Syria slams Trump statement on Israel sovereignty in Golan

Donald Trump announces US should recognise Israeli annexation of Golan Heights

In May 2017, Trump became the first sitting USA president to visit the wall, but did not ask Netanyahu to join him.

Syria has condemned as "irresponsible" US President Donald Trump's comments that it was time to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.

Russia, which has always been a key backer of Syria and is fighting alongside forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in the Syrian civil war, condemned Trump's declaration as a violation of United Nations decisions.

The State Department's deputy spokesman, Robert Palladino, said Pompeo highlighted in the meetings USA concerns about Hezbollah's "destabilizing activities in Lebanon and the region" as well as the need to maintain calm along the border between Lebanon and Israel. "The time has come for the world to recognize that the Golan Heights is an inseparable part of the State of Israel".

Israel has long pushed Washington to recognize its claim over the territory it seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.

A German government spokeswoman rejected unilateral steps and said Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights is invalid under United Nations resolutions. The 2018 State Department report on human rights practices referred to the Golan Heights as an "Israeli-controlled" area, instead of "occupied territory" as it had been described in the past. This is viewed as a threat by Israel, which has carried out scores of airstrikes to push back against Iranian entrenchment in Syria.

In a joint press conference with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, Pompeo said, "Israel has no better friend than the United States".

Speaking to Russian journalists ahead of a visit to Moscow later this month, President Aoun said that the sanctions imposed on Hezbollah, Iran and Syria are negatively impacting the already fragile Lebanese economy.

"The United States has a moral and public obligation to prevent hostile forces eroding regional stability, and that is what we will do". Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.).

"The spontaneous decisions lift the curtain on the real policies of America - policies that are unsafe for the whole world and will push this sensitive region towards successive crises", Bahram Ghasemi said.

"Given current political and security circumstances in Syria, we have said it was inconceivable to imagine Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights".

It's another dramatic shift in U.S. foreign policy, and one that's fast drawing worldwide condemnation.

Pompeo's visit to the site and the recognition of the Israeli ownership of the Golan Heights could further inflame tensions between Palestinians and Israelis. "It's an enormously important signal that we stand with our allies and against our enemies, and will be heard by both", tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., said in a statement. He went on to applaud the Trump administration for ensuring that "this Jewish state remains".

Pompeo said as a West Point cadet he had studied the battles of the Golan Heights. "France does not recognise the Israeli annexation of 1981", the Fench Foreign Ministry said in a daily briefing, adding that UN Security Council resolutions had recognised the annexation as illegal.

"I don't think Trump's announcement will make any difference here".

In a tweet on Thursday, US President Donald Trump seems set to overturn the US position and recognise Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights.

Relations between Israel and Turkey have been tense.

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