Turkey's Erdogan Vows to Take Golan Heights Recognition to the UN

In an interview, the Turkish president said that Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights was a pre-election 'gift' to Netanyahu

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the crowd during a rally in Istanbul, March 24, 2019.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey will take the issue of the Golan Heights to the United Nations. 

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In an interview with broadcaster TGRT Haber, Erdogan said U.S. President Donald Trump's statement on Golan Heights was a "gift" to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of elections there. 

Trump moved on Thursday to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war, marking a dramatic shift in U.S. policy. 

In a speech at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Friday, Erdogan said the legitimisation of the occupation of the Golan Heights cannot be allowed.