Jordan undecided on Al Baqura and Al Ghamr lease to Israel

Jordan

Published: 2018-03-25 18:24

Last Updated: 2018-03-25 19:53


Jordan-Israel Peace Treaty recognizes Israel’s land ownership over Al Baqura and Al Ghamr.
Jordan-Israel Peace Treaty recognizes Israel’s land ownership over Al Baqura and Al Ghamr.
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The Jordanian government is currently contemplating the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty to decide whether to reclaim control over Al Baqura and Al Ghamr, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi said on Sunday.

During an observatory session in the Parliament, Safadi said the government will finalize its decision by the end of 2018 in favour of “the benefit of Jordan”.

Recently, the Jordanian government has been under pressure as Jordanians demanded an end to the 25-year lease that grants Israel land ownership over two Jordanian areas, namely Al Baqura and Al Ghamr.

Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty, Article 2 of Annex I (b) recognizes “Jordan's sovereignty with Israeli private land ownership rights and property interests ("Land Owners") in Al Baqura and Al Ghamr”.

The annex is stipulated to remain in force for a 25 year period to be renewed automatically for another 25 years unless either party gives a one year prior notice. The initial period will be met on Oct. 20, 2020, meaning Jordan has to enter consultations before Oct. 20, 2019.

The Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty, known as Wadi Arabah Treaty, was signed in 1994. By signing the treaty, Jordan became the second Arab country after Egypt to sign a peace treaty with Israel.

The peace treaty consists of 30 articles, 5 annexes and agreed minutes. It settled bilateral relations regarding territory, security, water, and cooperation on trade among other issues.