Saudi FM rejects Trump’s move on Golan Heights

(EBC; March 29, 2019) - Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf reiterated on Friday the Kingdom’s condemnation of the United States recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Speaking at the meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers ahead of the Arab League summit in Tunisia on Sunday, Assaf rejected the move announced by US President Donald Trump this week to accept Israel's control over the Golan.

Israel captured the strategic plateau from Syria in 1967.

A unified Syrian opposition should emerge before the start of any dialogue with the Syrian regime, Assaf said.

He said the Kingdom supported Syria's territorial integrity and a political solution based on dialogue between the opposition and the regime.

In his speech, Assaf also slammed Iran over its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.

He said Iran’s ballistic missiles continue to threaten regional and international security.

The minister held Tehran fully responsible for the crisis in Yemen where it backs the Houthi militias.