Egypt's top court approves red sea islands deal with Saudi ArabiaStaff Writer | June 22, 2017
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court annulled on Wednesday a previous ruling that blocked the treaty handing two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
Relations A controversial maritime demarcation deal
The constitutional court ruled that the administrative court has no jurisdiction over the matter, rather that lies with parliament.
Parliament approved the agreement in a vote last week.
The signing of the agreement in April 2016 triggered a series of protests rarely seen in Egypt since the presidential election in 2014.
In January, the Supreme Administrative court upheld a lower court ruling banning the handover, arguing that the two unpopulated islands are Egyptian territory.
Wednesday's verdict also included annulling a ruling by an urgent matters court that had suspended the administrative court's decision. ■