EGYPTIAN CABINET APPROVES DEMARCATION AGREEMENT WITH SAUDI ARABIA

CAIRO, Egypt, The Egyptian cabinet approved on Thursday, a maritime border demarcation agreement, signed between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

The cabinet decided to refer the agreement to the House of Representatives, after finalising all required preparations and procedures for endorsement, in line with the constitution.

Egypt’s cabinet announced in Apr that, the joint Egyptian-Saudi technical maritime border drawing showed the islands of Tiran and Sanafir fall within the Saudi waters.

The agreement provoked an immediate backlash in Egypt, with hundreds of people protesting against “selling the islands.”

The administrative court later ruled that “all rights of the two islands to Saudi Arabia are null and void.”

The State Lawsuits Authority, the body representing the government in legal cases, then appealed the decision.

On Dec 19, Egypt’s High Administrative Court has set Jan 16, as the date when it will rule on the government’s appeal against its earlier ruling, nullifying the demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia.

The islands, which have a strategic significance in the area, are currently inhabited only by military personnel from Egypt, as well as, the multinational force and observers.

The government’s decision came, as relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been going through ups and downs, due to their different visions on various issues, including the Syrian crisis, the war in Yemen and other issues.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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