Syrians protest Trump's decision on Golan Heights

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

Bahrain also released an official statement on Tuesday expressing their regret over the announcement made by U.S. over Golan Heights.

Four Gulf Arab states - all regional allies of Washington that host American troops - on Tuesday rejected a USA decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem added: "No matter how many years have passed, this will not change the fact that the Golan is an occupied Syrian territory".

Saudi Arabia expressed its "firm rejection and condemnation" of President Donald Trump's executive order recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights.

"The recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an occupied territory, would be contrary to global law".

"This decision represents a serious violation of UN Charter, worldwide law and applicable UN Security Council Resolutions, particularly 497 (1981)".

"We raise our strong concerns about broader consequences of recognizing illegal annexation and also about the broader regional consequences", they said on Tuesday.

Palestinians quickly blasted Pres. Trump's decision, saying it undermined the chance for peace in the region. The land was seized by Israel from Syria in 1967 and annexed in 1981.

On Monday, Netanyahu looked on in the White House as Trump signed a proclamation officially granting USA recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory, a dramatic shift from decades of US policy.

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On Monday, Trump signed a proclamation in which the United States recognized the strategic plateau as Israeli territory, breaking with decades of USA policy.

Mr Trump also said any future Middle East peace deal must account for Israel's right to self-defence, comments that came shortly after Israel began bombing Gaza in retaliation for a rocket attack.

A United Nations spokesman said that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was "clear that the status of Golan has not changed".

Another point is that US recognition sends a clear and direct message to the Arab world.

Trump, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Washington, on Monday signed a proclamation officially granting USA recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

Israel captured the strategic plateau in the 1967 Six Day War and in 1981 applied Israeli law to the territory, a step tantamount to annexation.

"The UN's policy on the Golan is reflected in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, and that policy, again, has not changed", said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the secretary general.

Syria's Foreign Ministry called the decision a "blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria", and a "humiliating blow to the global community". "This will have negative effects on the Middle East peace process and security and stability in the region", the kingdom said. The foreign ministry said Trump's move represented the "highest level of contempt for global legitimacy" and showed that Washington was "the main enemy" of Arabs.

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