King of Jordan Reclaims Full Sovereignty Over Baqoura and Ghumar
His Royal Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan, gave a speech this Sunday on the fourth ordinary session of the 18th Parliament. During the speech, The King announced that he reclaims the full Jordanian sovereignty of Baqoura and Ghumar; lands that Israel was allowed access to under a 1994 peace treaty that was reached between the neighboring countries.
Annexes to the 25-years peace treaty had allowed Israeli farmers to continue working the lands and tourists to visit them. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel commented that “Israel regrets Jordan’s decision to terminate the annexes.”
“Today, I also announce the expiration of the Peace Treaty annexes on Al Ghumar and Baqoura and the imposition of our full sovereignty over every inch of those lands,” said The Jordanian King.
According to NYTimes, Jordanian officials said Israeli farmers would be allowed continued access to the lands if they applied for visas through the Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv and passed through official border crossings.