Compilation of Countries Reactions to Trump’s Golan Heights Remarks

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As reported on GreaterLakewood, President Trump signaled on Thursday that the U.S. will soon officially recognize the contested Golan Heights region as a part of Israel.

Related: Trump Says ‘It Is Time’ For The U.S. To Recognize Israeli Control Of The Golan Heights

Here is a compilation of how the World Reacts:

SYRIA

Quoting an unnamed foreign ministry official, Syria’s official SANA news agency slammed the decision as “irresponsible” and a violation of United Nations resolutions concerning the territory’s status.

“Syria strongly condemns the irresponsible declaration of the American president, which again proves the US’s blind tendency in favor of the Zionist entity and its unreserved support for its aggression,” the official said. “The Syrian people remain committed to the liberation of the Golan Heights by all means at its disposal.”

European Union

“The EU’s position is well known and has not changed,” President of the European Council Donald Tusk told a news conference. “The European Union does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the area,” he added.

Gulf Cooperation Council regional group

Abdul Latif Al Zayani, the GCC secretary general said in response to Trump’s remarks:”will not change the reality that (…) the Arab Golan Heights is Syrian land occupied by Israel by military force in 1967, The statements by the American president undermine the chances of achieving a just and comprehensive peace.”

FRANCE

“The Golan is a territory occupied by Israel since 1967. France does not recognize the Israeli annexation of 1981, The recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, occupied territory, would be contrary to international law, in particular, the obligation for states not to recognize an illegal situation,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

GERMANY

“If national borders should be changed it must be done through peaceful means between all those involved. The government rejects unilateral steps,” spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said.

EGYPT

In a statement carried by state news agency MENA, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry cited U.N. Security Council resolution 497 of 1981 which rejected Israel’s annexation of the territory. The ministry “stressed the importance that everybody should respect the resolutions of international legitimacy and the United Nations Charter in respect of the inadmissibility of acquiring land by force,” the statement said.

RUSSIA

“Russia, as you know, takes a principled position on the issue of the Syrian Arab Republic’s ownership of the Golan Heights… Our assessment of the unlawful nature of Israel’s decision to extend its sovereignty to the Golan Heights remains unchanged,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted as saying by state-sponsored Sputnik News.

“Changing the status of the Golan Heights bypassing the Security Council is in direct violation of UN decisions,” Zakharova added.

TURKEY

“Yesterday US President Trump’s unfortunate statement about the Golan Heights brings the region to the edge of a new crisis,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.

“We will never allow the occupation of Golan Heights to be made legitimate,” he added.

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