Jordan says it does not recognise Israeli claims over Golan Heights

Israel is seeking US recognition of its ‘sovereign claim’ to the areaUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks during a news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman.


Jordan’s foreign minister described the Golan Heights on Tuesday as occupied Syrian territory, demanding that Israel withdraw its forces from the area.

Ayman Safadi’s comments came during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who landed in Amman on Tuesday on the first leg of his Middle East tour.

The remarks by Mr Safadi seem to be a response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who told American National Security Advisor John Bolton on Sunday that Israel wants the US to recognise its sovereign claim over the Golan Heights.

“The Golan Heights are occupied Syrian territory. International law is clear on that. It has to be treated as such,” Mr Safadi told reporters. “Therefore, our position is that Israel needs to withdraw from that territory in the framework of a peace agreement.”

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