Saturday, June 26, 2021

State Dept: US Has Not Changed Stance on Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights - Sputnik International

Golan Heights

The US Department of State reiterated on Friday that the Biden administration has no intention to reverse its stance that Israel holds sovereignty over the Golan Heights, underscoring that any reports saying otherwise are false.

The declaration came less than 24 hours after a report published by the Washington Free Beacon indicated that the US was on the verge of rescinding recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the region. The US government granted its recognition in 2019, under the Trump administration.

    The agency’s Near Eastern Affairs Department took to social media to set the record straight, tweeting “US policy regarding the Golan has not changed, and reports to the contrary are false.”

Israel took control of the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967, later annexing the stretch of land in 1981. While much of the international community has refused to recognize Israel’s claim on the region, the US serves as the only country to offer its support.

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