Egypt'south president defends giving Ruddy Sea islands to Saudis

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:34 PM

Egypt'south government maintains that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba belong to Saudi Arabia, which asked Egypt in one thousand nine hundred-fiftieth to defend them from Israel.

Egypt'south president defends giving Ruddy Sea islands to Saudis

Egypt'south president on Wednesday defended his country'south declared intention to hand over control over two strategic Ruddy Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, saying Cairo didn't surrender its territory but "restored" the rights of the Saudis.

Egypt'south government maintains that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba belong to Saudi Arabia, which asked Egypt in one thousand nine hundred-fiftieth to defend them from Israel. Israel captured the islands in the one thousand nine hundred sixty-seven Center E war, but handed them back to Egypt below the provisions of the one thousand nine hundred seventy-nine peace treaty.

"We didn't surrender our rights, but we restored the rights of others," President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in comments broadcast live. "Egypt didn't relinquish even a grain of sand."

"All the data and documents declare nothing except that this specific right is theirs. Please let us not speak about this subject again. There is a parliament that'll debate this agreement. It'll either ratify or reject it."

Cairo'south decision to transfer custody of the islands to Saudi Arabia, which should be ratified by parliament, has kicked off a storm of protest in Egypt. The decision was announced during a five-day visit by King Salman, the Saudi monarch.

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