The Syrian authorities criticized US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday for feedback the diplomat made in regards to the Golan Heights.
Blinken spoke earlier than the Home Overseas Affairs Committee on Monday. Throughout the listening to, Blinken addressed the US view on the standing of the Golan Heights. Israel captured the Golan from Syria through the June 1967 warfare and stays accountable for the territory. Many of the worldwide group acknowledges the Golan Heights as Syrian territory occupied by Israel. In 2019, US President Donald Trump acknowledged Israeli sovereignty over the heights.
US President Joe Biden has not modified US recognition of Israeli sovereignty since taking workplace in January. Blinken appeared to verify US coverage stays the identical Monday, saying america accepts that Israel controls the Golan no matter legality.
“As a sensible matter, Israel has management of the Golan Heights, no matter its authorized standing, and that must stay except and till issues get to some extent the place Syria and every part working out from Syria now not poses a risk to Israel, and we’re not wherever close to that,” he mentioned.
The Syrian Overseas Ministry rebuked the secretary Wednesday in response.
“The US former administration’s resolution on recognizing that annexation is nothing however an extra indication to the US flagrant violation of the worldwide legitimacy and its conventions,” a ministry official instructed the Syrian state SANA information outlet.
Blinken made comparable remarks on the Golan in February.
Syria and Israel do not need diplomatic relations. Israel repeatedly carries out airstrikes in opposition to Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah army targets in Syria.