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Jordan Annuls 2 Peace Treaty Annexes with Israel

Jordan Annuls 2 Peace Treaty Annexes with Israel

Monday, 22 October, 2018 - 05:45
King Abdullah II holds meeting with political figures at Al Husseiniya Palace Sunday/Petra news agency
Amman - Mohamed Al-Daameh
Jordan’s King Abdullah II decided on Sunday to terminate the 1994 Peace Treaty annexes on Baqura and Al Ghamr, which had allowed Israel to use the two territories.

“Baqura and Ghamr areas have always been our top priority, and our decision is to end Article 2 of Annexs I (b) of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty, emanating from our keenness to take whatever is necessary for Jordan and the Jordanians,” the King wrote on his Twitter account.

Accordingly, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry handed over to the Israeli Foreign Ministry on Sunday two memos informing the government of the Kingdom's decision to cancel annexes of Baqura and Ghamr areas from the peace treaty.

Later, during a meeting with political figures at Al Husseiniya Palace, King Abdullah said Israel was informed of Jordan’s decision, Petra news agency reported.

“We informed Israel of terminating Article 2 of Annex I (b) of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty on Baqura and Ghamr areas,” the King said.

He said Baqura and Al Ghamr are Jordanian territories. “They will remain as such, and we exercise full sovereignty over our territories," King Abdullah was quoted as saying.

The King noted that the issue, which has been widely debated, has been a top priority for a long time.

"Our priorities amidst current difficult regional conditions are to protect our interests and exert all possible efforts in the interest of Jordan and Jordanians," he affirmed.

The meeting’s attendees commended the key decision to terminate the Peace Treaty annexes, describing it as a national measure that serves higher Jordanian interests.

The political figures spoke about a number of domestic issues, including economic conditions, political reform, and the rule of law, stressing the importance of the King’s discussion papers in this regard.

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