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US President Donald Trump has said it is time to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Mr Trump said that after 52 years, it is important for the United States to fully recognise Israel’s control over what he says is an area of “critical strategic and security importance to Israel” and stability in the region.

His tweet came as secretary of state Mike Pompeo was in Jerusalem.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Jerusalem

The announcement hands Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a significant foreign policy victory, less than three weeks before Israelis head to the polls to decide whether he should remain in power. The move comes just days before Netanyahu is set to join Trump at the White House and follows weeks during which Netanyahu has renewed his push for the US to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel.

Via CNN / Press Association / Twitter