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Egypt’s President Defends Giving Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia

giving Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia
Egypt has agreed to demarcate its maritime borders with Saudi by officially placing the two islands in the Straits of Tiran (Tiran and Sanafir islands ) in Saudi territory. The decision to hand them back to the original owners, the Saudis, was taken by a panel of Egyptian experts, including officials from the foreign and defense ministries as well the country’s top intelligence agency. We ask, will this handover create political problems to the El Sisi government?

By Agencies,

President El Sisi of Egypt on Wednesday defended his country’s declared intention to hand over control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, saying Cairo did not surrender its territory but “restored” the rights of the Saudis.

The government maintains that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba belong to Saudi Arabia, which asked Egypt in 1950 to protect them from Israel.

Israel captured the islands in the 1967 Middle East war, but handed them back to Egypt under the provisions of the 1979 peace treaty. Continue reading Egypt’s President Defends Giving Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia