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Trump's recognition of Golan violates international law: Iran's Parliament speaker

Iran Press TV

Mon Mar 25, 2019 03:07PM

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says US President Donald Trump has violated international regulations through his decision to recognize the Israeli regime's illegal occupation and annexation of the Golan Heights.

Larijani was quoted by the Iranian parliament's official news agency, ICANA, as saying on Monday that the US president's decision on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights is a violation of humanitarian principles, international law, and resolutions adopted by international organizations.

The conflict that exists between the Trump administration and the public opinion poses a threat to peace and stability in the Middle East, he said.

The top Iranian parliamentarian called on international bodies and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to adopt serious measures in order to prevent another catastrophic development in the region.

Larijani also criticized the White House's "illogical" support for the Israeli regime.

Trump said on Thursday that it was time to back what he described as the Israeli regime's "sovereignty" over the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory under Israeli occupation since the 1967 Six-Day War.

"After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!" the US president wrote on Twitter.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Sunday to take to the UN the issue of the Israeli regime's claim over the occupied Golan Heights.

He also said US President Donald Trump's statement on Golan Heights was a "gift" to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of elections there.

Netanyahu has long pushed for such recognition and many analysts share Erdogan's view that Trump's Golan Heights announcement was a campaign gift ahead of Israel's legislative elections on April 9.

The prime minister faces an increasingly tough time ahead as his biggest political opponent overtakes him in popularity and as calls mount for him to resign over looming corruption charges that could effectively end his political career.

In a post on his Twitter account on Sunday, Israel's Foreign Minister Israel Katz said the US president would sign an order recognizing the Israeli regime's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.

Katz added that Trump would issue the decree on Monday in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington.

In a Sunday statement, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei also said the US president has only made the resistance front more resolute against the Israeli regime and its supporters.

Ali Akbar Velayati, who is also secretary general of the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, emphasized that the recognition of the "tyrannical occupation of the Golan Heights … which is aimed at making that regime feel secure, will undoubtedly add to regional problems and make the resistance front more resolute in fighting the Zionist regime and its supporters."

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