Egyptian Court Upholds Ruling to Void Transfer of Two Islands to Saudi Arabia

© Wikipedia / Marc RyckaertThe Strait of Tiran and Tiran Island
The Strait of Tiran and Tiran Island - Sputnik International
The highest administrative court in Cairo reaffirmed its June decision to void a deal, under which Egypt would cede two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The court rejected the government's appeal against the June ruling that voided April maritime agreement on the transfer of the two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabia, according to Ahram newspaper.

A picture taken on January 14, 2014 through the window of an airplane shows the Red Sea's Tiran (foreground) and the Sanafir (background) islands in the Strait of Tiran between Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and Saudi Arabia. - Sputnik International
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In April, the agreement between Cairo and Riyadh on the two islands located at the southern entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba triggered a week of mass rallies on the streets in central Cairo.

Egypt has been in control of Tiran and Sanafir for over 60 years. The islands could be potentially used for constructing a bridge across the Red Sea, as announced on April 8 by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

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