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U.S. recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli will help peace process: Pompeo

FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies at a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the State Department's budget request for 2020 in Washington D.C., U.S. March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights will help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by removing uncertainty, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.

“We believe this increases the likelihood that we get resolution of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Pompeo told a congressional hearing. “We think it speaks with the clarity that takes this away from any uncertainty about how we’ll proceed.”

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Peter Cooney