Egypt’s parliament has given its endorsement to a dubious arrangement to exchange sway of two to a great extent uninhabited islands to Saudi Arabia.
The arrangement, to hand over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, was concurred amid a visit to Egypt by Saudi King Salman in April 2016.
It started uncommon dissents in Egypt, with the president blamed for “offering” the islands as an end-result of Saudi guide.
The arrangement has been liable to challenges in court over the previous year.
Be that as it may, parliament has demanded the issue lies in its ward. Last endorsement is presently required from President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.
Nonconformists assembled outside the press union in Cairo as news of parliament’s endorsement ended up plainly known. A few people, including a few writers, were kept.
Mr Sisi said the islands had dependably had a place with Saudi Arabia and that the Saudis had requested that Egypt station troops there in 1950 to ensure them.
A court decided in January that the administration had neglected to give confirm that the islands were initially Saudi, in spite of the fact that this decision was upset by another court a couple of months after the fact.
Rivals blame Mr Sisi for damaging the constitution and giving over the islands to please Saudi Arabia which has upheld him fiscally since he drove the military’s oust of his chose Islamist forerunner, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013.
Why the Red Sea islands matter
- Sanafir and Tiran are islands that lie around 4km (2 nautical miles) separated in the Red Sea
- Tiran sits at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, on a deliberately essential extend of water called the Strait of Tiran, utilized by Israel to get to the Red Sea
- The islands are uninhabited, aside from Egyptian military staff and multinational peacekeepers
- Egyptian troops have been positioned on the islands since 1950 at the demand of Saudi Arabia
- Israel caught the islands in 1956 and 1967, in this manner returning them to Egypt both circumstances
- Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was condemned for “offering” Egyptian domain subsequent to choosing in April 2016 to hand the islands to Saudi Arabia.