Jordan to retake territory leased by Israel

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Jordan’s king announced Sunday that his country is retaking “full sovereignty” over two pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations between the neighboring countries as they mark the 25th anniversary of their landmark peace deal.

King Abdullah II had said last year that he wouldn’t renew the parts of the 1994 treaty that gave Israel a 25-year lease of the two areas, Baqura and Ghamr.

But in a speech to parliament, the king appeared to put an end to that.

“Today, I announce the expiration of the Peace Treaty annexes on Ghamr and al-Baqura and the imposition of our full sovereignty over every inch of those lands,” he said.

The Jordanian foreign ministry announced that Israeli farmers would be allowed to harvest this season’s crops in Ghamr.

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