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Jordans King Abdullah visits enclave formerly leased to Israel

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Jordans king visited one of two small areas of land that — until a day earlier — were leased to Israel as part of their 1994 peace agreement on Monday.


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King Abdullah II toured Baqura, a 200-acre enclave along the Jordan River in the countrys north, and tweeted that “Jordans sovereignty over its territory is paramount.”

Jordans decision to not renew the 25-year lease and to reassume control over the two small territories comes amid rocky relations with Israel. The kings visit, along with the crown prince and top military brass, appeared to be an effort to project Jordanian authority over the newly reclaimed territory.

Jordans peace agreement with Israel, signed in 1994, is only the second peace deal between Israel and an Arab country, following Egypt.

Under the agreement, Jordan kept sovereignty over the enclaves but allowed Israeli farmers free access to the lands.

The Baqura and Ghamr areas were captured by Israel in 1950 and 1967, respectively. They cover around 1,200 acres of mostly farmland.

On Sunday, Jordan said Israeli farmers would be able to access the land, but would require a visa from the Jordanian Embassy in Israel, and would have to enter the kingdom at official border crossings.

Speaking at Israels parliament, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country has a “clear interest in keeping the peace agreement,” and underscored the importance of Jordans stability to Israels national security.

Today, November 10th 2019, the two annexes to the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, that established the special regimes in Naharayim/Bakura and Tzofar/Al Ghamr will expire and Jordanian law will apply in full.

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