Egypt consulted Israel in Red Sea islands transfer

Leaked recordings show Egyptian foreign minister coordinating with an Israeli diplomat over two of its strategic Red Sea islands to the Arab kingdom

Egypt consulted Israel in Red Sea islands transfer

World Bulletin / News Desk

A news leak on Friday night exposed Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in conversation with a top Israeli official the details of the controversial transfer of two Egyptian islands to Saudi Arabia.

In the audio leak, Shoukry is in a phone conversation discussing the Egyptian side's negotiating position on the transfer of Tiran and Sanafir, and asking for Israel's support.

The agreement, announced in April 2016, caused outrage in Egypt and rare mass protests by Egyptians, who insist that the uninhabited islands of Tiran and Sanafir are Egyptian.

The Egyptian government maintains that the islands have always belonged to Saudi Arabia and that Egypt had merely administered them while on lease since the 1950s. Critics, however, accuse President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of "selling" the islands in return for Saudi investments.

The leaking of the phone conversation, which was broadcast by Egyptian opposition TV channel Mekameleen on Friday evening, hints at the level of internal dissent in the government in Cairo.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Şubat 2017, 17:37