U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights united Washington’s Arab allies and their regional foe Iran in condemnation on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait criticized Monday’s move to recognize Israel’s 1981 annexation and said the territory was occupied Arab land. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi said it was an impediment to peace.
“No one could imagine that a person in America comes and gives land of a nation to another occupying country, against international laws and conventions,” President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.
Also,European nations like France, Britain, Germany, Belgium and Poland – said they did not recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the territories it has occupied since June 1967, including the Golan Heights.
Thousands of Syrians gathered on Tuesday in the city of al-Baath in southern Quneitra province to protest the U.S. decision.
Waving the Syrian flags, the people chanted slogans stressing that the Golan Heights are part of Syrian territory and carried banners reading “All of us for Golan” and “Golan is a Syrian area.”
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in 1981 in a move the U.N. Security Council declared unlawful.
“It will have significant negative effects on the peace process in the Middle East and the security and stability of the region,” said a statement of Saudi state news agency SPA.
It described the declaration as a clear violation of the U.N. Charter and of international law.