Donald Trump’s determination to acknowledge Israel’s annexation of the Syrian Golan has been met with condemnation by the worldwide group, with the UN and Washington’s Gulf and European allies slamming the transfer.
The US president signed a declaration on Monday recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was current on the signing ceremony, praised Trump’s unilateral transfer, evaluating the president to biblical and Zionist heroes. But reactions among the many worldwide group – together with Washington’s closest Gulf and European allies – have been significantly much less enthusiastic.
The United Nations, which has lengthy maintained that Israel’s occupation of the Golan is illegitimate beneath worldwide regulation, signaled that its place had not modified. A UN spokesman mentioned that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will proceed to honor a December 1981 decision which known as Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights “null and void and without international legal effect.”
The declaration was equally unpopular amongst nations which usually comply with Washington’s international coverage lead.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait – Washington’s accommodating Gulf allies which host US navy bases – have criticized Trump’s transfer.
“It may have important unfavourable results on the peace course of within the Middle East and the safety and stability of the area,“ a press release on Saudi Arabia’s state information company SPA mentioned. Saudi Parliament Speaker Mishaal bin Fahm al-Salami reaffirmed Riyadh’s “principled position” that the Golan Heights is Syrian land.
NATO ally Turkey additionally lashed out at Washington. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu mentioned that the US has “ignored international law” by recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.