Are two small islands owned by Egypt or Saudi Arabia? – Inside Story


It’s a highly contentious issue in Egypt – are the small islands of Sanafir and Tiran owned by Egypt or Saudi Arabia?

Located between both countries at the top of the Red Sea, they’re considered to be strategically important because of their proximity to ports in Jordan and Israel.

After months of debates and protests in Cairo, the territorial dispute is back in the parliamentary spotlight.

A committee of Egyptian MPs has approved an agreement to hand over control of the islands to Saudi Arabia, despite the High Administrative Court in January declaring the plan unconstitutional.

What’s the real story behind the sell-off?

Presenter: Dareen Abughaida


Yehya Ghanem, Al Jazeera’s Middle East Analyst

Timothy Kaldas, TIMEP policy institute focussing on analysis in the Middle East

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