Source: The Institute For National Security Studies
Author(s): Yoel Guzansky, Shlomo Brom
During Saudi King Salman’s 5-day visit to Cairo, which began on April 7, 2016, Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a series of agreements on a range of topics, reflecting stronger bilateral coordination and involving a total sum of some $25 billion. For Israel, the most significant agreement authorized the transfer of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir in the Straits of Tiran from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. This was perceived in Egypt and throughout the Arab world as payment for the massive aid Egypt has already received and expects to receive in the future from Saudi Arabia, which in return expects Egypt to toe the Saudi line on a range of political issues….
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