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Lebanon rejects Golan’s recognition, President Aoun tells US delegation

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has told a visiting American delegation that Beirut rejects the US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights because it includes Lebanese areas annexed by Israel. The delegation included Republican US Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Vicente Gonzalez. Aoun said that Lebanon has the right to work on regaining this lined “by all available means,” AP reports. Arab countries unanimously rejected the recent US recognition of Israeli control over the Golan, seized from Syria in 1967 and annexed in 1981. Lebanon fears for its claim to the Chebaa Farms and adjacent Kfar Chouba hills, which Israel occupied alongside Golan. Israel had occupied south Lebanon, but after withdrawing in 2000, remained in these strategic areas.