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  • Iraq Rejects Trump's Recognition of Golan as Israeli Territory

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Published 16 April 2019

Iraq joined several Arab League nations in rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. 

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim stated on Sunday that Baghdad fully rejects Trump's recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, SANA reported. 

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“U.S. President Trump’s proclamation on the Golan Heights s unilateral and it violates the international legitimacy… Iraq doesn’t recognize it,” Al-Hakim said during a quartet meeting in Amman with foreign ministers from Jordan, Greece and Cyprus.

Russia Today later quoted Al-Hakim as saying that the Golan Heights is Syrian territory and the international resolutions recognize Syria’s sovereignty over this region.

The Arab League and several other nations have already condemned Trump's move, including many countries that have no diplomatic ties with Damascus. 

Trump's decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory came just days before the Israeli elections in which Benjamin Netanyahu later retained his role as Prime Minister. 

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