March 22, 2019 / 11:54 AM / 5 months ago

Responding to Trump, France says Israeli sovereignty over Golan breaks international law

PARIS (Reuters) - France does not recognize the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights and its recognition - as called for by U.S. President Donald Trump - is contrary to international law, its foreign ministry said on Friday.

“The Golan is a territory occupied by Israel since 1967. France does not recognize the Israeli annexation of 1981,” the ministry said in a daily briefing, adding that U.N. Security Council resolutions had recognized the annexation as null and void.

“The recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, occupied territory, would be contrary to international law, in particular the obligation for states not to recognize an illegal situation,” the ministry also said.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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