Mar 25 2019

Erdoğan says Turkey to take issue of Golan Heights to U.N.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey will take the issue of the Golan Heights to the United Nations, in an interview with broadcaster TGRT Haber on Sunday.

U.S. President Donald Trump's statement on Golan Heights was a "gift" to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of elections there, the Turkish president said.

The U.S. President on Thursday moved to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war, reversing decades of U.S. policy on the Israeli occupation of the region.

Erdoğan, a vocal critic of the Israeli administration, responded to Washington’s announcement on Friday at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Friday, saying the legitimisation of the occupation of the Golan Heights cannot be allowed.

The Turkish lira fell as much as 2.1 percent to 5.5814 per dollar following Erdoğan’s condemnation of Trump while raising concerns of a new row between Ankara and Washington. 

In August 2018, a diplomatic spat between the two countries sent he lira on a slide against the U.S. dollar, triggering a financial crisis that saw the Turkish currency lose as much as 40 percent of its value.