Cairo, June 15: Middle Eastern countries always go through internal crisis and controversy. Saudi Arabia and Egypt’s relation raises always question among the civilians. Yesterday Egypt parliament has approved islands transfer to Saudi Arabia. This has lead to widespread public criticism. The step has been liked to transfer to the billions of dollars in Saudi aid given to Sisi's government. It has been criticized as sell-off of a sovereign territory.
The agreement was signed in 2016 where it was written Cairo would transfer two islands to Egypt. The majority of lawmakers voted in support of the agreement. A clash between police and opponents of the deal took place in downtown Cairo. The islands of Tiran and Sanafir will be transferred.
The island of Tiran is a popular destination for Red Sea divers. It controls a shipping lane that lconnects to the ports of Eilat and Aqaba, in Israel and Jordan. Egypt government argued the islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba were always Saudi. During Arab-Israeli tensions in the 1950s, those were placed under Egypt’s protection.
"It is designed to realize and perpetuate the mutual interests of the two nations and it also came in response to Saudi requests [to take back the islands] made in 1984, 1989 and 1990.", Kamal Amer, chairman of the defense committee told. He has told the “brotherly nations” will use the islands for the security of Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Opposing the decision a lawmaker said, "Today is a terrible day for the Egyptian people, one in which the nation has lost part of its land,”. Many civilians are lamenting the sovereignty of the nation.