Egypt Relinquishes Control Of Strategic Islands To Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman

Ynetnews reports: According to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Sabaa, the Egyptian cabinet announced an agreement with Saudi Arabia on Saturday, delineating the maritime boundaries between the two countries.

The Saudi boundary now includes the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, which rest at the mouth of the Gulf of Eilat.

The agreement comes as Saudi King Salman (pictured) visits Cairo, where he and his counterpart Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi announced another agreement to build a bridge between Sharm El-Sheikh and Saudi Arabia.

According the Egyptian paper, Egypt and Saudi Arabia held more than 11 meetings in the past six years to reach a resolution on the demarcation of their maritime boundaries including three meetings in the past four months.

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