Lebanon president criticizes Trump decision on Golan Heights

Combined Shape

MOSCOW (AP) — Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday joined critics of U.S. President Donald Trump’s formal recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, saying that the move trampled on international law.

Aoun, who spoke at the start of his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, said Trump’s decision “undermines the foundations and rules of the United Nations and international law” and “causes particular concern in the countries neighboring Israel.”

Trump’s move made the U.S. the first country to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, which was captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and regarded by the rest of the international community as occupied territory.

Russian officials and lawmakers have criticized Trump’s decision as destabilizing, but Putin refrained from commenting on the issue during his opening remarks at the start of the talks.

The Russian leader hailed Lebanon as Moscow’s “traditional partner” in the region.

Trending:
CDC Quietly Changes Major Part of 'How COVID-19 Spreads' Page, Adds Advice That Millions Didn't Get When Trump Was in Office

Aoun, who arrived in Moscow on Monday, focused on efforts to encourage the return of Syrian refugees.

Lebanon has taken in over 1 million refugees from neighboring Syria, which is equivalent of a quarter of Lebanon’s population.

Lebanese politicians are divided over how to handle relations with the Syrian government and repatriation of refugees and look to Moscow to help to mediate that.

At a meeting with Russian lawmakers earlier Tuesday, Aoun said that Lebanon faces “a terrible economic fallout” from the Syrian crisis and expressed hope that Russia would help his country repatriate the Syrians.

Russia, which has waged a military campaign in Syria that helped President Bashar Assad’s government reclaim wide swaths of territory, has strongly pushed for the refugees’ return and criticized the West for failing to offer support.

In a joint statement issued after the Kremlin talks, Russia and Lebanon called on the international community to help create favorable socio-economic conditions for the refugees’ return by helping Syria’s post-war reconstruction.

___

Nataliya Vasilyeva contributed to this report.

The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service from The Western Journal.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →






We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
Combined Shape
The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands.
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
Location
New York City




Conversation