CAIRO: Former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi filed a suit Tuesday against President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail over handing over two disputed Islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia, al-Masry al-Youm reported.
Egypt announced that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir are Saudi territories last week; both sides reached an agreement, per which Egypt relinquished control of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, located at the entrance of Al-Aqaba Gulf.
Sabahi’s lawsuit calls for a halt of the final signature on the deal; the lawsuit was attached with documents he claims prove the islands are Egyptian.
The treaty between both countries ignited the Egyptian public’s anger and ignited criticism against the government, and thousands of people protested Friday against the decision.
Some have called for public referendum to cede them in case it has proven the lands owned by Saudi Arabia according to 2014 constitution.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry released documents showing that the two islands belong to the Kingdom, while Facebook users circulated map from the Alexandria Library showing the islands included as territory of the Sinai Peninsula dating back to era of Ismail Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan from 1863 to 1879. They also circulated video footage for late Egyptian President Gamal Nasser says that the lands located in Egypt’s territorial waters.