Lawmakers from Russia, Iran and Turkey are calling for Syria's territorial integrity to be preserved as remarks from Israel and the United States have renewed long-standing land disputes and after U.S. President Donald Trump had recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
The legislators from parliament foreign affairs committees met Wednesday in Moscow for a special session on Syria.
Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti quoted Iranian parliament member Heshmatollah Falahatpishe as saying the discussion "was a good beginning."
Falahatpishe continued: "We confirmed the necessity of preserving the territorial integrity of Syria, especially as far as Golan is concerned."
Trump met in March with Prime Minister Benjamin to sign a presidential proclamation officially recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, thus formalizing a move announced with a tweet earlier that month.
The two leaders also discussed Iran and Syria after the press conference.
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Netanyahu called Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights "historic justice" and a "diplomatic victory," saying that "Israel won the Golan Heights in a just war of defense."
The move by Trump caused an instant international uproar of protests: under international law, the Golan Heights are considered to be Syrian territory occupied by Israel, like East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Syria's foreign ministry called the decision a "blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Syria, in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.