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Jordan refuses possibility of Israeli sovereignty over Jordan Valley

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh refused on Tuesday the possibility of Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley.

Speaking to Jordanian state television, Jodeh said that Jordan is aware of what is going on regarding the negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli occupation. "Jordan has the right to know everything in this regard," he asserted.

Judeh continued: "We reiterated our rights to the Americans, and that we refuse [Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley]." He also noted that any final agreement on the borders with Palestine would have to consider Jordan's interests.

The foreign minister denied that US Secretary of State John Kerry is imposing pre-determined agreements on Jordan. "He cannot impose anything on Jordan," Judeh insisted, adding that: "We are a credible state with certain weight and priorities."

He continued: "At the same time, Jordan's position regarding the Palestinian state is: a viable state that is geographically contiguous with East Jerusalem as its capital and full sovereignty over the land."

Regarding the Jewish identity of Israel, Jodeh explained: "I do not want to go into deep discussions, but there are Palestinians inside Israel, and they have their rights. There is a Palestinian state that must be established and there are other important issues: Jerusalem, refugees, borders, water and settlements."

Judeh reiterated that Jordan's interests would not be harmed when the security arrangements in the Jordan Valley are to take place. He said that this issue along with the other major issues would all be up for discussion during the upcoming meeting of the UN Security Council.

On 1 January, Jordan assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council.

Source: Assabeel

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