Egypt’s decision to the controversial transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s decision to the controversial transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia

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The Egyptian government Thursday decided two small, uninhabited islands in the Red Sea back to Saudi Arabia.

The decision is now for the parliament to be sent out to be approved, reports the Egyptian state television.

The uninhabited islands of Tiran and Sanafir are located in the narrow mouth of the gulf of Aqaba to Jordan and Israel. The islands are, according to the Eygptische and Saudi authorities actually owned by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, in 1950, asked Tiran and Sanafir to protect.


In april of this year, there was massive public unrest about the intention of the islands to give back to Saudi Arabia. Egyptian nationalists see them as an integral part of the national territory. It led to rare demonstrations against the regime of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The controversy caused a deterioration of the relationship with Saudi Arabia, that billions in aid to send to Egypt, but recently the supply of fuel is stopped.

In June, the Egyptian Administrative Court the decision of the government. That went on appeal. The decision of that appeal in January the expected.


According to Khaled Ali, the lawyer who has the case in June before the Court brought, leaving us to decide “the collapse of the rule of law and the constitution” in Egypt.

“The parlementsbesluit will be invalid, and the people have to his country with all possible legal means to defend against a tyrannical regime that has no respect for the law or the legal system,” said Ali.

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