By: mnm | 06-18-2017 | News
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Will Egypt Return the Islands to Saudi Arabia?

"Approval of the Boundary Demarcation between Egypt and Saudi Arabia Tiran and sinafir islands are 4 kilometers far from each other in the waters of the red sea, the two islands control the entrance of the Gulf of Aqaba in Jordan and Elat in Israel. Tiran Island is located at the entrance of the Gulf of Aqaba, along a strategic importance called "the Strait of Tiran", which is the passage for Israel to enter the Red Sea. The Tiran Island is considered the closest island to the Egyptian coast,

which is located six kilometers from the Red Sea resort of Sharm-el-sheikh. The Egyptian forces are located on the island since 1950's, they were among the most strategic military bases in Egypt during the "Tripartite Aggression " in 1956, Israel seized them at that time. Israel also controlled the islands again in 1976 war but returned after the two countries signed a peace agreement of "Camp David" in 1979. The Egyptian president Abdul Fattah Sisi has confirmed more than once

that he is convinced that the two islands are Saudi Arabians, He considered that as an agreement on the demarcation of the maritime borders to the right owners. According to an official report the agreement on the demarcation of the maritime border which which included the transfer of ownership Saudi Arabia ends only the part of the islands of Sinafir and Tiran sovereignty and end the justifications and necessities of the Egyptian protection to the two islands.

The Saudi Arabia side understands the necessity of the continuation of the Egyptian Administration

to protect the islands and protect the entrance of the Gulf in the convention Recognized the

survival of the Egyptian Role, believing that Egypt's role is vital in ensuring the navigation in the Gulf of Aqaba, these causes were and still are and will continue in the future. A report pointed out that the Egyptians will not need a visa to go to Tiran and Sinafir Islands in the case of ratification and approval of the convention. The legislative committee began in the Egyptian parliament, the consideration and the method of adoption of the Convention on the Delimitation of the Maritime

boundaries between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, while political opponents and activists filed a lawsuit demanding the dissolution of the council as it being "unconstitutional"

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