Jordan receives request from Israel to start border negotiations – Xinhua


Jordan announced on Sunday that it had received an official request from Israel to begin negotiations after Jordan had decided to end Israel's "annexation" of the Baqoura and Ghumar areas to the Jordan-Israel peace treaty in 1994 .

Jordanian State Minister for Media Affairs Jumana Ghunaimat said in a statement Jordan had received a formal letter from Israel in that regard.

He added that Jordan has resorted to the use of the rights to which it is entitled under the peace agreement, ending the annexation in the two frontier areas.

Jordan's King Abdullah II last week said Jordan would end Israeli "annexation" of the two areas, adding that the recovery of the Baqoura and Ghumar areas was on Jordan's agenda.

Under the 1994 peace treaty with Israel, Jordan has the right not to renew an agreement that leases areas in Baqoura, in northwestern Jordan, and Ghumar, south of the Dead Sea, to Israeli farmers.

Under the peace treaty, these leased areas remain under Jordanian sovereignty, despite the rights of private use of Israeli land.

Several protests have been held in Jordan to demand that the government not renew the agreement and annul the Jordanian ownership of land by Israel.


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