CAIRO: Saudi Arabia will not negotiate with Israel on Tiran and Sanafir Red Sea islands because per Egypt’s international commitments, Youm7 quoted Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaking with Egyptian editors-in-chief Sunday.
The Kingdom’s commitment includes accepting the presence of international forces on the islands, per the peace treaty of Egypt and Israel, Jubeir said in an answer to former head of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate Diaa Rashwan.
The statement comes amid a wide-scale controversy over an Egyptian presidential decree handing the two islands to Saudi Arabia as part of an agreement on maritime borders.
The two islands lie in the Tiran Strait at the southern tip of the Aqaba Gulf. The Egyptian government and Saudi Arabia claim the two islands historically belong to the oil-rich state, while many Egyptians on social media claims they are originally Egyptian.