Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has warned that US President Donald Trump’s recent statement on the Golan Heights may prompt a new regional crisis.

“We cannot allow the legitimisation of the occupation of the Golan Heights”, Erdogan told a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Friday.

The statement comes after the Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned US President Trump’s comments on the Golan Heights as “irresponsible”, adding that the Syrian people are determined to recover the area through “all available means”.

Trump tweeted on Thursday that “after 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognise Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and regional stability”.

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