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Syria rejects US Secretary of State comments on Golan Heights

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On Wednesday, the Syrian government criticized US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken for the diplomat’s comments on the Golan Heights.

Blinken addressed the House Foreign Relations Committee on Monday. During the hearingBlinken appealed to the US on the status of the Golan Heights. Israel captured the Golan from Syria during the June 1967 war and still controls the area. Most of the international community recognizes the Golan Heights as Syrian territory occupied by Israel. In 2019, US President Donald Trump recognized sovereignty of Israel over the heights.

US President Joe Biden has not changed the US recognition of Israel’s sovereignty since taking office in January. Blinken appears to have confirmed that US policy remains the same on Monday, saying the United States recognizes that Israel controls the Golan regardless of the rule of law.

“From a practical point of view, Israel controls the Golan Heights, regardless of its legal status, and this will have to remain until things get to the point where Syria and everything that operates from Syria no longer poses a threat to Israel. “. and we haven’t even come close to it ”, he said

On Wednesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry rebuked the Secretary of State.

“The decision of the former US administration to recognize the annexation is nothing more than additional evidence of the US flagrant violation of international law and its conventions,” the ministry said. the official said Syrian state news agency SANA.

flash made similar comments in the Golan in February.

Syria and Israel do not have diplomatic relations. Israel regularly airstrikes against the military targets of Syria, Iran and Hezbollah in Syria.

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