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Egyptian Court approves Saudi sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir islands

Middle East News
Sun, 04 Mar 2018
GDN Online Desk


The Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) has upheld the maritime demarcations agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Under the ruling of the highest court, the two Red Sea Islands Tiran and Sanafir are officially transferred to the Saudi sovereignty.

The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that all previous court verdicts over the case are annulled and turned down a second case over the issue filed by the government.

A judicial source told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the two rulings issued by SCC confirmed the continued application of the maritime demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, is not changing any legal procedures with respect to the two disputed islands.

“In June, the SCC temporarily halted all court rulings on the Red Sea islands agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia to allow more time to study the case and issue a final and decisive verdict”, said Al-Masry Al-Youm

The border demarcation deal which was signed in April 2016 located the two islands within Saudi territorial waters, in recognition of alleged historical claims on the part of Saudi Arabia.

The Supreme Administrative Court stepped in to abrogate nullified the agreement on the basis that there was insufficient evidence of the Saudi claims.

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