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Pompeo: No Double Standard in Trump's Golan Heights Decision

REUTERS

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that President Trump's move on the Golan Heights does not amount to a double standard, CBS News reports. 

"You imposed sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea," Hiba Nasr of Sky News said to Pompeo Saturday at the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. "Now you are going to recognize the sovereign - the Israeli sovereignty over these territories. Isn't this a double-standard policy?"

"No, not at all," Pompeo said. 

"What the president did with the Golan Heights is recognize the reality on the ground and the security situation necessary for the protection of the Israeli state. It's that - it's that simple."

He denied that Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights violated United Nations Security Council resolutions, saying "the decision the president made will increase the opportunity for there to be stability throughout the region."

 


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