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Egypt court voids rulings on Saudi island transfer

05 March 2018

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Bin Salman met President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Sunday, on his first public trip overseas since he became crown prince a year ago and purged the kingdom's political and economic elite.

The government then said Tiran and Sanafir belong to Saudi Arabia but had been leased to Egypt in the 1950s.

This prompted France's Emanuel Macron to mediate his return to Lebanon, before Hariri swiftly revoked his resignation.

"The Egyptian president reaffirmed that the security of the Gulf is an integral part of Egyptian national security", the spokesman added.

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Saudi Arabia views Egypt as a cornerstone of regional stability, after the former army chief Sisi overthrew his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Bin Salman's visit comes a day after Egypt's top constitutional court nullified a lower court ruling that challenges the country's transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia according to a maritime demarcation agreement.

Opposition to the deal has been a problem for Sisi, sparking the only major street protests since he came to power backed by Saudi in 2014 and becoming a rallying point for opposition figures that have been marginalized during his rule.

After meeting with Egyptian officials during his three-day visit, Prince Mohammed - known as MBS - will head to the United Kingdom before making a final stop in Washington DC.

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The electricity interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia aims to connect the power grids of the two countries to exchange a total capacity of 3,000 MW.

He was received by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and senior Egyptian officials at Cairo International Airport.

Sisi and Salman met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, in September 2016, following a historic visit to Cairo by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz in April.

Egypt supports the kingdom in a war against Yemen, aimed at regaining power to Saudi ally, resigned Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi, also, Egypt joined a trade and diplomatic boycott of Qatar past year.

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