Egypt court overturns block on islands transfer to Saudi Arabia

An Egyptian court ruled on Sunday that a judicial decision to block the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia is void, judicial sources said, potentially reviving a deal that triggered protests in Egypt, Reuters informs. 

A court in January rejected a government plan to transfer the two uninhabited islands to Saudi Arabia after a maritime demarcation accord was announced in April. The accord awarded sovereignty of the islands to Saudi Arabia, even though most Egyptians believe they belong to Egypt.

The decision by Egypt's Court of Urgent Matters is subject to appeal and any final deal must be approved by parliament.

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