Gulf Arab regional group regrets Trump call to recognize Israeli rule of Golan Heights

The Gulf Cooperation Council regional group of six Arab monarchies expressed regret on Friday at U.S. President Donald Trump's call to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory captured from Syria in a 1967 war.

Trump's statement "will not change the reality that (...) the Arab Golan Heights is Syrian land occupied by Israel by military force in 1967," said Abdul Latif Al Zayani, the GCC secretary general. "The statements by the American president undermine the chances of achieving a just and comprehensive peace." (Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli Editing by Peter Graff)