Golan Heights: Turkey president Erdogan says ‘will take issue to UN’

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will take the issue to UN as Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu reaches Washington amid expectations US President Trump will formally recognise Israel’s sovereignty over occupied Syrian territory.

US President Donald Trump’s statement on Golan Heights is a “gift” to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of parliamentary elections set for April, Erdogan said in an interview on Sunday.

On Thursday, Trump said it was time for the United States to fully recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, triggering strong criticism and condemnation across the world.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz tweeted that Trump will sign an official document to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights when he meets Netanyahu in Washington on Monday.

Erdogan voiced against the US move, noting that the legitimisation of the occupation of the Golan Heights cannot be allowed. (Agencies)

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