The United States came under heavy criticism from 14 other UN Security Council nations for its decision to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in violation of international law.

According to reports,The Security Council met on Wednesday at the request of Syria, which in a letter to the council called the American move a “flagrant violation” of UN resolutions.

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Monday in which the United States recognised Israel’s annexation of the strategic plateau that it seized in 1967 and annexed in 1981.

Speaker after speaker at the council session supported Syria’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and opposed Israel’s annexation after Trump’s proclamation.

“This unilateral action does nothing to assist in finding a long-term peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East,” South Africa’s UN Ambassador Jerry Matjila said.

France warned any attempt to turn away from international law was “doomed to fail”, as the United States prepares to unveil its Middle East peace proposals.