Egypt hands over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

    Egypt hands over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

    April 11, Cairo: The Egyptian government agreed to hand over ownership of disputed Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir over to Saudi Arabia.

    The moves by the government have darn angry reaction from opposition figures.

    An Egyptian cabinet announcement said that technical work on the two countries' maritime boundary had shown that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir were within Saudi territorial waters.

    The statement came while Saudi Arabia's King Salman was in Cairo for a five-day visit.

    The Saudi leader on Sunday addressed the Egyptian parliament, where he received a thunderous welcome with repeated applause and standing ovations.

    Riyadh has given significant financial and diplomatic backing to Egypt since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi - then head of the armed forces - toppled then president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

    Tiran and Sanafir are at the southern entry to the Gulf of Aqaba, where both Israel and Jordan maintain important ports, Al Jazeera reported.

    The Oslo Times


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