The proposed King Salman Causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Egypt is raising questions, notably over the fate of the Tiran and Sanafir islands, writes Hatem Ezz Eldin
Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed to re-launch a major causeway project to link the two countries. The decision came during the visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz to Cairo last week. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi announced that he wanted to call the new project the King Salman Causeway, in appreciation of the Saudi king and his economic and political support to Egypt.
Al-Sisi supporters have attempted to prove the validity of Saudi ownership of the islands, arguing that old agreements between the country and the former Ottoman Empire did not include any identification of marine borders. Activist and opposition groups, however, have rejected the cabinet decision and insist that both islands are part of Egypt's sovereign territory, based on geographical information and the longstanding administrative authority Egypt has had over the islands.
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