Egyptian court: Strategic islands' handover to Saudi "null and void"

Egypt's handover of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in April has been ruled “null and void,” an Egyptian judiciary source tells dpa.

The court ruled that the border demarcation agreement signed between Egypt and Saudi, under which Egypt handed over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, does not stand, the source added.

According to the court, the deal violates an earlier agreement signed between the two countries in 1906.

A number of Egyptian lawyers had earlier filed a lawsuit against Egypt’s president, prime minister and parliament speaker to cancel the agreement. The deal was quietly announced during an April visit by Saudi King Salman to Egypt in April and prompted protests across Egypt. 

Last update: Tue, 21/06/2016 - 12:10

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