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The document echoes Trump's remarks made on Thursday when he said that "it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights".

"The American position towards Syria's occupied Golan Heights clearly reflects the United States' contempt for global legitimacy and its flagrant violation of worldwide law", it said.

"No country, no matter how important it is, can make such a decision", Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit said.

Any such move would break with UN Security Council resolutions and with more than half a century of United States foreign policy, which treated the Golan as occupied territory whose future would be negotiated in talks with Syria on a comprehensive peace.

Earlier in the day, the European Union stressed that it does not recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations tweeted, "We appreciate the recognition by @realDonaldTrump of the importance of Israel maintaining control over the Golan Heights, given the increasingly risky and volatile situation with Syrian, Hezbollah, Iranian forces, and militias across the border". It was not until 1981 that Tel Aviv passed legislation formally annexing the area.

Trump, in a Twitter comment, said the Golan Heights "is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!"

"It's clear that this cynical move by Trump is not about the long-term interests of the United States or Israel, but rather about handing yet another political gift to Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu in the hopes of boosting his chances for re-election next month".

Pompeo was likely to announce new Iran-related sanctions from Beirut Friday, expected to include Iranian nuclear scientists and technicians, according to us and Israeli officials briefed on Pompeo's plans.

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When Trump did so, he said it did not determine the city's eventual borders, but Palestinians viewed the US action as tipping the scales toward Israeli control and cut ties with the U.S.

But Trump has denied that his decision has anything to do with the Israeli elections.

The Syrian government said the Golan was an "indivisible" part of Syrian territory and recovering it "via all means guaranteed by worldwide law is still a priority".

USA sanctions on Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah are working, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday on a visit to Beirut, calling on Lebanon to stand up to the Shi'ite group which he accused of "criminality, terror and threats".

But Fouad Mundhir, a Syrian whose home village is in Israeli-occupied Golan, said Trump was "cancelling the will of an entire nation".

Trump's announcement came as Pompeo was wrapping up a two-day visit to Jerusalem during which he lauded warm ties with Israel, met with Netanyahu on at least three separate occasions and promised to step up pressure on Iran.

Trump's decision won't change the status of the Golan as occupied territory in the eyes of the United Nations and most of the global community, although it may not be easy for a successor to reverse a decision once it has been made. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

But for decades, top US officials have refrained from visiting the site with Israeli leaders to present a sense of impartiality in deciding eventual control of Jerusalem in the years of unresolved discussions over the creation of a Palestinian state. "They're going to fail again", Netanyahu said.

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