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March 29, 2019 8:38 am

Tunisia Says It Will Coordinate Arab Response to US Golan Move

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Arab foreign ministers attend a preparatory meeting ahead of the Arab summit in Tunis, Tunisia, March 29, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi.

Tunisia will coordinate with fellow Arab countries to contain any fallout from the US decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said on Friday.

Jhinaoui was addressing a meeting of Arab foreign ministers on the day before Tunisia hosts the annual Arab League summit, which is expected to focus on the US decision on the Golan Heights and its move last year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital.

“We will work with fellow Arab countries and the international community to contain the expected repercussions of this decision in the various regional and international forums,” Jhinaoui told Arab foreign ministers at a meeting in Tunis.

Tunisia currently holds the rotating presidency of the Arab League.

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Arab countries condemned last week’s decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. They consider the area as occupied territory belonging to Syria, whose membership of the Arab League was suspended at the start of its nearly 8-year civil war.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981 in a step not recognized internationally.

Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf told the gathering that Saudi Arabia supported Syria’s territorial integrity and a political solution based on dialogue between the opposition and government.

Assaf said a unified Syrian opposition should emerge before the start of any dialogue with the Syrian government.

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