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March 25, 2019 9:02 am

Erdogan Says Turkey Will Take Issue of Golan Heights to UN

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Reuters / Umit Bektas.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey will take the issue of the Golan Heights to the United Nations.

In an interview with broadcaster TGRT Haber, Erdogan said US President Donald Trump’s statement on Golan Heights was a “gift” to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of elections there.

Trump moved on Thursday to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war, marking a dramatic shift in US policy.

In a speech at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Friday, Erdogan said the legitimization of the “occupation” of the Golan Heights could not be allowed.

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