Published on Jun 24, 2017
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has ratified a treaty that hands over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Sisi ratified the maritime border treaty days after parliament approved the deal. According to the agreement, Tiran and Sanafir islands will no longer be administered by Egypt and will be transferred to Saudi Arabia. The deal was the subject of a confusing legal battle with one court annulling the treaty and another upholding it. It also fueled widespread public criticism among Egyptians angered over national sovereignty concerns. The agreement also sparked protests and a police crackdown in the country. The transfer deal was signed between President Sisi and Saudi’s King Salman in April 2016.