The Egyptian cabinet announced that technical work on the maritime boundary between Egypt and Saudi Arabia showed that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir were both within Saudi territorial waters.
|Some opposition figures in Egypt reacted angrily to the move. The announcement came as King Salman of Saudi Arabia was on a five-day visit to Cairo. King Salman addressed parliament on Sunday to thunderous applause and a standing ovation. The Saudis have given significant financial and diplomatic backing to President Abdel el-Sisi since the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi back in 2013.|