Tensions over the Golan Heights, seized by israel from Syria following the 1967 Six-Day War, took a new turn after the United States recognised Israeli sovereignty over the disputed region last month.
In an interview with the Egyptian al-Hayat network, Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak claimed that Syria had turned down an Israeli offer to return the Golan Heights in exchange for the normalisation of bilateral relations and the opening of embassies in the two countries back in 1998.
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This information was revealed by TV presenter Ahmed Al-Sayed, who told Cairo24 about his conversation with the former president, the Middle East Monitor reported.
According to Al-Sayed, Mubarak, who served as Egypt’s president from 1981 to 2011 when he stepped down amid the Arab Spring protests in the country, told him: “I contacted the Israelis to try to recover the Golan Heights, but they demanded the opening of an Israeli embassy in Damascus and a Syrian one on the occupied land as a kind of Syrian recognition of Israel”.
The offer in question was allegedly made during Benjamin Netanyahu’s first prime ministership and was flatly rejected by then-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.
Mubarak reportedly added that US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights last month was…