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Egypt court overturns block on islands transfer to Saudi Arabia

(10 April 2017)

An Egyptian court has ruled that a judicial decision to block the transfer of two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia is void, reversing the initial decision made in January to reject a government plan to transfer the two uninhabited islands back to Saudi Arabia after a maritime demarcation accord.

The decision by the court comes after relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia appear to be improving after months of tension.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has accepted an invitation from Saudi Arabia to visit his country in April, a visit organised after the decision to restore shipments of oil aid to Egypt after 6 months of restrictions.

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