President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will move to ratify the Tiran and Sanafir islands agreement in a matter of days, according to an official source who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity.
Egypt’s top constitutional court has ruled to halt all verdicts on an islands transfer deal until it makes a decision on the constitutionality of the agreement, state media said.
Egypt’s high administrative court has defended an earlier decision to annul the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, local media and judicial sources said.
Some 1,572 Egyptians have been arrested over the border row between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Rassd reported rights groups saying yesterday.
Hundreds of members of professional syndicates have signed statements in opposition to Parliament’s approval of the Tiran and Sanafir agreement, brokered by Egypt and Saudi Arabia in April 2016.
Egyptian authorities hope Britain will change its position on movements embracing political Islam following the Manchester bombing May 22 and the London Bridge attacks June 3.
The 25-30 opposition bloc in Egypt’s parliament called on Egypt’s President to not ratify the government’s deal to transfer sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanfir to Saudi Arabia, a deal that was approved by Egypt’s parliament on Wednesday.
Debates continue among parliament members in the wake of the approval of the Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation agreement, known popularly as the “Red Sea Islands” case, over its validity.
Egyptian police have arrested dozens of activists in the face of opposition calls for protests on Friday after parliament passed a controversial agreement to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia.
Access to Al-Manassa, Noonpost, Ida’at and 6 April on Egyptian service providers was barred on Friday, bringing the total number of websites blocked since May 24, which includes Mada Masr, to 73.