BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – Jordan notified Israel that it would not be extending its leases under a 1994 peace treaty, on two small areas of land in the border area between the two countries. The announcement was made by Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman on Sunday.
“Our priority in these regional circumstances is to protect our interests and do whatever is required for Jordan and the Jordanians,” Abdullah said, referring to Baqura and Ghumar, two border areas that were leased to Israel for a 25-year renewable period.
The land is used by Israel for agriculture.
The monarch noted in his statement that “Israel was informed of the Jordanian decision.” He also stressed: “Ghamr and Baqura are Jordanian land and will remain Jordanian land, where we are practicing our full sovereignty.”
The leases expire next year. The deadline for renewing them is Thursday. Israeli has reportedly said it would seek negotiations on the matter.
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