Turkish president vows to take issue of occupied Golan Heights to UN

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to take to the UN the issue of the Israeli regime’s claim over the occupied Golan Heights, as the US president is to recognize Tel Aviv’s sovereignty over the Syrian territory.

Erdogan made the remarks in an interview with broadcaster TGRT Haber on Sunday.

He also said US President Donald Trump’s statement on Golan Heights was a “gift” to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of elections there.

Netanyahu has long pushed for such recognition and many analysts share Erdogan’s view that Trump’s Golan Heights announcement was a campaign gift ahead of Israel’s legislative elections on April 9.

The prime minister faces an increasingly tough time ahead as his biggest political opponent overtakes him in popularity and as calls mount for him to resign over looming corruption charges that could effectively end his political career.

Trump on Thursday declared his bid to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian territory, marking a dramatic shift in US policy.

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