Tunisia, Mar 31 : Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday in the Arab league summit said that he “absolutely rejects” any moves that would undermine Syrian sovereignty over the Golan heights.
While speaking at an Arab league summit event in Tunisia, King Salman said " he absolutely rejects any measures that impact on Syrian sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
“We reaffirm our absolute rejection of any measures that encroach upon Syrian sovereignty over the Golan, and we stress the importance of reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis that will guarantee Syria's security, unity and sovereignty and prevent foreign intervention in accordance with the Geneva Declaration and Security Council resolution 2254, Arab news reported.
King's statement came after US President Donald Trump, last week signed a proclamation recognizing the Golan heights as an Israeli territory.
He also reiterated Saudi Arabia’s position supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. He said the Palestinian issue was a top priority for Saudi Arabia.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said that the Golan Heights is occupied Arab land, and rejected the US decision over sovereignty of territory.
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that the US decision is contrary to all international conventions.
Arab League spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said earlier that the 22-member bloc will aim to issue a proclamation affirming the international consensus that the Golan is occupied Syrian land.
The king also met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the summit. During the meeting, they reviewed regional developments and various efforts aimed at achieving peace and stability in the region.
The annual summit also addressed the issue of readmitting Syria as a member of the Arab League, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iranian interference in Arab countries, and the war in Yemen.
The pan-Arab bloc froze Syria's membership in 2011 over a bloody government crackdown on protesters.
Many Arab countries have recently renewed ties with the government of President Bashar Assad.