The State Department's deputy spokesman, Robert Palladino, said Pompeo highlighted in the meetings USA concerns about Hezbollah's "destabilizing activities in Lebanon and the region" as well as the need to maintain calm along the border between Lebanon and Israel.
If Washington actually goes for it, such a move would constitute a blatant disregard to worldwide law as well as to the global commitments the United States itself assumed when it supported a 1981 resolution, which declared the Israeli occupation of the Golan null and void.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean and director of global social action at the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), stated, "President Trump is right".
The Gulf Cooperation Council said Trump's statement would not change the internationally recognised fact that the "Golan heights are Syrian lands forcefully occupied by Israel".
The Palestinians have sought to claim east Jerusalem as its capital of an eventual independent state, but Israel also considers Jerusalem as its eternal and indivisible capital.
The European Union said its position on the status of the Golan Heights was unchanged and that it did not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the strategic plateau.
US Senator Lindsey Graham, left, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, and US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, right, on a tour of the Golan Heights, March 11, 2019.
From Israel, Pompeo's plane travelled through Cypriot airspace, as Lebanon, which is technically in a state of war with Israel, bans direct flights from Israel. Russian Federation also made it clear Friday morning that Trump's decision violated United Nations resolutions.More news: Romney 'can’t understand' why Trump would bash McCain
Trump's decision won't change the status of the Golan as occupied territory in the eyes of the United Nations and most of the global community, although it may not be easy for a successor to reverse a decision once it has been made.
Lebanon and its southern neighbour Israel are still technically at war, even after Israeli troops withdrew from the south of the country in 2000.
Trump's announcement came as Pompeo was wrapping up a two-day visit to Jerusalem during which he lauded warm ties with Israel, met with Netanyahu on at least three separate occasions and promised to step up pressure on Iran.
In May 2018, Mr Trump withdrew the USA from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, calling it "a disgusting one-sided deal".
US officials are preparing an official document that would recognize the Golan Heights as a sovereign Israeli territory, which US President Donald Trump is likely to sign next week, Reuters reported on Friday.
Israel, the closest USA ally in the Middle East, regards Iran as its biggest threat and Hezbollah as the main danger on its borders.
"The Trump administration is absolutely endorsing Netanyahu", said Alon Pinkas, former consul general of Israel in NY. The Palestinians have already severed ties with the USA over Washington's Jerusalem policies. "While they are claiming to be trying to solve the conflict, such acts only make it more hard to resolve", he said. Huawei is a major competitor in that market, and the United States has been warning that they consider doing business with the major Chinese telecom unacceptable. Netanyahu's government is headed to a tough April 9 re-election contest as the prime minister is embroiled in a corruption investigation and faces allegations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
The move was seen as a potential major boon to the prime minister weeks before a general election.