US President Donald Trump has signed a decree recognising Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, breaking with decades of international consensus.
US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a proclamation recognising Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a border area seized from Syria in 1967.
"This was a long time in the making," Trump said alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House.
US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus.
Netanyahu called the recognition "historic" and said the Golan Heights, which are still claimed by Syria, would remain permanently under Israeli control. "We shall never give it up," he said.
"Your proclamation comes at a time when Golan is more important than ever for our security," he said.
The Syrian government said that Washington's recognition of Israeli claims over the Golan Heights were a blatant attack on its sovereignty.
"In a blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, the president of he US has recognised the annexation of the Syrian Golan," a foreign ministry source said, quoted by state news agency SANA.
Moscow said it feared "a new wave of tensions" in the Middle East following the decision by Washington to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, which are claimed by Russian ally Syria.
"Unfortunately, this could drive a new wave of tensions in the Middle East region," Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a radio broadcast, according to Russian news agencies.
Lebanon said the US decision violates international law and undermines the prospects for peace.
In a statement carried by the NNA state news agency, the Lebanese foreign ministry said the move "violates all the rules of international law" and "undermines any effort to reach a just peace".
The UN Security Council is scheduled to discuss the Golan on Wednesday during a meeting on renewing the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force deployed between Israel and Syria in the Golan, known as UNDOF.