Iranian President Slams Trump for 'Unimaginable' Golan Recognition

Russia warns of 'negative consequences' as thousands of Syrians take to the streets to protest, calling 'Golan is Syrian'

File photo U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold up a Golan Heights proclamation after a meeting in the White House, March 25, 2019.
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Iranian President Hassan Rohani criticized U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday for recognising the Golan Heights as part of Israel and said the move was against international law. 

"No one could imagine that a person in America comes and gives land of a nation to another occupying country, against international laws and conventions... Such action is unprecedented in the current century," Rohani was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. 

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Trump formally signed the proclamation alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, reversing more than a half-century of U.S. policy in the Middle East.

The U.S. is the first country to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan, which the rest of the international community regards as Israeli-occupied.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the U.S. decision with Lebanon's president at talks in Moscow later on Tuesday, the Kremlin said. 

"Such decisions undoubtedly have negative consequences from the point of view of a settlement in the Middle East and the general atmosphere of political settlement in Syria," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. 

Meanwhile, Syria's state news agency says thousands of Syrians have gathered in the streets of different cities to protest Trump's formal recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan, occupied in the 1967 Six Day War.

SANA posted photographs of a march in the southern city of Sweida on Tuesday morning, in which men and women carried Syrian and Palestinian flags and banners reading "Golan is Syrian."

SANA said another protest took place in the southern city of Daraa.