Syria condemns US senator’s comment on Golan Heights

The ministry’s statement on Tuesday said that according to the United Nations, the Golan Heights are considered Syrian occupied lands.
Tuesday 12/03/2019
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) delivers his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) delivers his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)

Syria’s Foreign Ministry is blasting US Sen. Lindsey Graham for his comments in which he vowed to push for US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights calling them “arrogant” and stressing that Israeli occupation will eventually end.

The ministry’s statement on Tuesday said that according to the United Nations, the Golan Heights are considered Syrian occupied lands.

The South Carolina Republican said Monday he aimed to change the current US-designation of the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967, as disputed territory. He spoke during a tour of the frontier with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, a move not recognized by most of the international community.

The ministry said Golan residents are determined to continue the struggle until liberation.

(AP)