Egypt court backs sale of islands to Saudi Arabia

Egypt court backs sale of islands to Saudi Arabia
An Egyptian court has annulled an earlier ruling that blocked the transfer of sovereignty of two is­lands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources say.
The Court of Urgent Matters struck down the January ruling of the High Ad­ministrative Court.
The transfer of the uninhabited Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to the Saudis has led to protests in Egypt.
The urgent matters court has issued a similar ruling before and the latest is also subject to appeal.
Tiran and Sanafir, located at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, were transferred to Saudi Arabia in a deal signed last April.
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Si­si said the islands had always belonged to Saudi Arabia and that the Saudis had asked Egypt to station troops there in 1950 to protect them. - The Authority

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