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US recognizes Israeli ‘sovereignty’ over Syria’s Golan Heights

US President Donald Trump holds up a signed Proclamation on the Golan Heights alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

President Donald Trump signed the proclamation recognizing Israeli “sovereignty” over the Syrian territory during a ceremony at the White House.

Trump’s move marks a major shift in US foreign policy. The decision has been viewed as a campaign gift to Netanyahu ahead of Israel's legislative elections on April 9.

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