Jordanian King to end border land lease extension with Israel

Jordanian King Abdullah II made the statement via his Twitter account. (File photo: AP)

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday ended a clause in the Wadi Arabah treaty, saying that Amman would not to agree renew an extension of a 25-year Israeli lease of border land under the 1994 agreement.

“Al-Baqura and al-Ghamr have always been our top priorities and our decision is to end their extension from the peace agreement based on our keenness to take everything necessary for Jordan and Jordanians,” the king tweeted on Sunday.

Protests have taken place over the past period demanding that the lease not be renewed after the end of the legal period according to the initial agreement.

Netanyahu, in public remarks, said Jordan wants to implement its option to end the lease, and Israel “will enter negotiations with it on the possibility of extending the current arrangement”.

Under an annex to the peace agreement, Israel leased about 1,000 acres of agricultural land in the southern sector of its border with Jordan, as well as a small area known as the “Island of Peace” near the Sea of Galilee.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52