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Egyptian President Ratifies Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Sputnik News

19:28 24.06.2017(updated 20:16 24.06.2017)

Egyptian President has ratified the maritime border demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia, the state-controlled MENA agency reported Saturday, citing a government statement.

CAIRO (Sputnik) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has ratified the maritime border demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia which envisages the transfer of two Red Sea islands to the latter, the state-controlled MENA agency reported Saturday, citing a government statement.

In April 2016, Sisi signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia on the demarcation of maritime borders, handing control over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir under Riyadh's jurisdiction. The decision fueled public opposition, causing numerous lawsuits in national courts to dispute its validity. Earlier in June, the agreement received official approval from the Egyptian parliament.

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court later temporarily suspended the execution of all previous judicial rulings regarding the transfer the islands.

Forty-seven percent of Egyptians consider the islands located in the strategic part of the Red Sea bordered by Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, as Egyptian, the poll of the independent Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research cited by the same news outlet showed Tuesday. According to the survey data, only 11 percent believe that the islands are Saudi.

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