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Iran has welcomed a final statement by Arab League summit of leaders in Tunisia endorsing Syria’s sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that Arab League’s move to support Syria’s territorial integrity on the occupied Golan Heights was a positive and promising step in the face of efforts by the United States to legitimize Israel’s occupation of the area.

Bahram Ghassemi added that the Muslim world should continue to prioritize the issue of the occupation of the Arab-Muslim lands by the illegitimate Israeli regime, Iran Press reported.

Ghassemi further criticized parts of the final statement of the Arab League summit which claimed Iran was interfering in the internal affairs of the Arab nations.

He also condemned claims in the statement which expressed doubts about Iran’s sovereignty on the three islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb, located in the Persian Gulf.

“We strongly reject and condemn wrong and baseless claims on our country’s interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries as well as claims on Iran’s three islands,” said the Iranian official, adding that Iran’s permanent policy was to refrain from meddling in the internal affairs of its neighbors.

Arab leaders said on Sunday they would push for a UN Security Council resolution against the US decision to recognise the Golan Heights as Israeli and warned other countries away from any move to follow suit.

Arab states would submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council and seek an opinion from the International Court of Justice "on the illegality and invalidity of the American recognition," they said in a statement issued after a summit in Tunisia.

The statement came amid an international uproar about US President Donald Trump’s provocative decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Syria’s Golan Heights.

Donald Trump tweeted that after 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Since then, the US has become the subject of a new round of furor by world countries over Trump’s controversial decision.


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