Iran condemns Israeli government meeting in occupied Syrian Golan
Following "Israel's" approval on a major settlement plan in the occupied Syrian Golan, Iran condemns the meeting and affirms it stands with Syria in this regard.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh strongly condemned Wednesday the Israeli occupation government meeting that was held in the occupied Syrian Golan.
Khatibzadeh highlighted that according to UN resolution 497 passed by the UN Security Council, the occupied Golan is an inseparable part of Syria, noting that the UN General Assembly annually highlights this undeniable fact.
Khatibzadeh: Unchanging and solid support for Syria
"The expansion of settlements and growing number of Zionist immigrants arrival at the Golan region could never alter this reality," Khatibzadeh stressed.
He also made clear that settlers have to be aware of the fact that they could never be able to live there for good.
The Iranian spokesperson concluded by reiterating Iran's unchanging and solid support for Syria.
Khatibzadeh's statements come after the Israeli occupation government had approved during its weekly session on December 26 in the occupied Syrian Golan a major settlement plan, at a cost of about one billion shekels, aimed at doubling the number of settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan.
Syria: Dangerous and unprecedented escalation
Israeli occupation Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced during the session that the plan constitutes of building two new "communities" in the "Katzrin" settlement built on Syria's Qasrin.
For its part, the Syrian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the “dangerous and unprecedented escalation by the Israeli occupation authorities" in the occupied Syrian Golan, as well as their persistence in settlement practices and physical and systematic violations that amount to war crimes, with the aim of doubling the number of settlers in the region.
In addition, Hamas Spokesperson Hazem Qassem said the Israeli occupation government's "approval of huge settlement projects to double the number of Zionist settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan is a new aggression against Arab land and rights and an extension of its aggression against our people and our Palestinian land."