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Egypt, Gulf countries regret Trump call to recognize Israeli rule of Golan Heights

Egypt said on Friday it considers the Golan Heights as occupied Syrian land, rejecting a call by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory captured in the 1967 Mideast War.

In a statement carried by state news agency MENA, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry cited U.N. Security Council resolution 497 of 1981 which rejected Israel's annexation of the territory.

The ministry "stressed the importance that everybody should respect the resolutions of international legitimacy and the United Nations Charter in respect of the inadmissibility of acquiring land by force," the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Gulf Cooperation Council regional group of six Arab monarchies also expressed regret Friday at President Trump's call to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Trump's statement "will not change the reality that [...] the Arab Golan Heights is Syrian land occupied by Israel by military force in 1967," said Abdel-Latif Al-Zayani, the GCC secretary general. "The statements by the American president undermine the chances of achieving a just and comprehensive peace."

Source: National News Agency