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Egypt govt considering challenge to Red Sea islands ruling, says minister

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Jun 2016
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Egypt's minister of legal and parliamentary affairs Magdy El-Agati (Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's minister of legal and parliamentary affairs Magdy El-Agati said on Tuesday that the government is considering a legal challenge to taday's court ruling to void a recent Egyptian-Saudi border re-demarcation agreement which placed two red sea islands in Saudi waters.

Egypt's administrative court ruled on Tuesday morning that the Egyptian Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir should remain under Egyptian sovereignty.

El-Agati said that all executive state apparatuses respect court rulings.

The agreement, which was signed by Egypt and Saudi Arabia on 8 April during a five-day visit by Saudi King Salman to Cairo, stipulated that the two islands in the southern entrance of the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba fall within Saudi waters, thus paving the way for a transfer of sovereignty to Riyadh.

The deal, which sparked widespread protests that lead to hundreds of arrests, has neither been presented nor discussed within the Egyptian parliament.

However, the Saudi Shura Council approved the deal on 25 April and the Saudi cabinet followed suit on 2 May

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