Golan Heights is occupied Syrian land: Egypt's foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Friday 22 Mar 2019

File Photo: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
File Photo: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt reaffirmed on Friday that it considers the Golan Heights to be occupied Syrian territory after US President Donald Trump announced that Washington would recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory which Israel seized from Syria in 1967.

“The Arab Republic of Egypt affirms its firm position that the Syrian Golan is occupied Arab land, in accordance with resolutions that have international legitimacy,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

It cited UN Security Council Resolution 497 of 1981, which declared an Israeli law of that year which formalised its annexation of the territory to be null and void.

The ministry called on the international community to “respect the resolutions of international legitimacy and the United Nations charter in connection with the inadmissibility of acquiring lands by force,” the statement said.

The Golan Heights was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed in 1981 in a move not recognized internationally. 

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