King Abdullah II announced Sunday that Jordan has told Israel that it wants to reclaim two small plots of territory leased under their 1994 peace agreement, AFP reported.
“We have informed Israel [that we are putting] an end to the application of the peace treaty annexes regarding Baqura and Ghumar,” said the king, according to Petra, the kingdom’s official news agency.
However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he wanted to hold negotiations to keep the existing arrangement in place.
The land was leased to Israel for a 25-year renewable period under annexes of the 1994 peace deal that lay down a one-year notice period, with Jordan retaining sovereignty.
“Israel was informed today of the Jordanian decision,” the king said, stressing that “Baqura and Ghumar are Jordanian land and will remain Jordanian.”
He added, “Baqura and Ghumar have always been at the top of our priorities, and we have decided to put an end to the application of the peace treaty annexes regarding Baqura and Ghumar.”
Netanyahu acknowledged on Sunday that he had been told of Jordan’s request.
The premier said, “As part of the agreement between our two countries, Jordan kept the right to take back the two areas at the end of the 25-year period. We will open negotiations on the possibility of prolonging the existing agreement.”