Published: 2019-11-11 16:26
Last Updated: 2023-10-02 12:42
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi held a press conference today on the occasion of the end of Al-Baqoura and Al-Ghamr annexation.
During the conference, which was held at the Foreign Ministry's office, Safadi said that pursuant to His Majesty King Abdullah II's directives, Al-Baqoura and Al-Ghamr annexation, based on the Peace Treaty in 1994, ended yesterday, November 10, 2019.
Safadi revealed that as part of the consultations initiated by Jordan on ending the lease of the lands, Jordan made an offer to buy land owned by Israeli citizens, but the offer was rejected by the Israeli side.
Safadi asserted that Jordan has exercised its legal right stipulated in the peace agreement by reclaiming the lands and that Jordan respects the private property rights of Israelis.
"As of yesterday, anyone who wants to enter Al-Baqoura or Al-Ghamr must obtain a visa and enter through the border crossings," Safadi stated.
Safadi also stressed that Jordan respects any legal obligations, and will allow the Israeli farmers to harvest what they planted.
He explained that farmers had planted vegetables, which means the corp will be harvested for once, adding that farmers must obtain visas to enter the lands.
"For our national interest and following His Majesty's decision not to renew the lands' lease, the annexation ended yesterday," Safadi mentioned.