Israel has no sovereignty over Golan, Lebanon’s Auon tells US delegation

Lebanese President Michel Aoun says his country does not recognize Israeli “sovereignty” over the occupied Golan Heights.

During a meeting with a US congressional delegation at the Presidential Palace in Baabda on Friday, Aoun said Beirut’s stance regarding the status of Golan is absolute rejection of Israeli “sovereignty” over the territory, especially as part of it includes the Shebaa Farms and Kafrshuba hills.

Earlier, the Lebanese president had condemned US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Syria’s Golan Heights as “sovereign Israeli territory,” saying the measure was in blatant violation of international law.

“This threatens not only the sovereignty of a brotherly country and brotherly nation, but also the sovereignty of the Lebanese state, which possesses land gradually annexed by Israel, particularly in the Shebaa Farms, Kafrshuba hills and the northern section of Ghajar [village],” Aoun said at a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev in Beirut on April 9.

On March 25, Trumped signed a proclamation, formally recognizing Israel’s “sovereignty” over Golan. The announcement came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House.

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