President El Sisi Meets KSA Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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Egypt's top court has upheld a deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Following the signing of the deal, widespread protests broke out across Egypt.

The Supreme Constitutional Court affirmed in a statement that no other court has jurisdiction whatsoever over the transfer deal.

Saudi Arabia has remained Egypt's biggest supporter since the Egyptian army ousted Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, in a 2013 military coup led by al-Sisi.

Sisi ratified the deal a year ago, and Egypt's top court annulled lower court rulings for and against the treaty on the eve of the crown prince's arrival.

The government says the islands were originally Saudi but leased to Egypt in the 1950s.

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In his letter, Muhammad also said that recent changes to U.S. policy on Jerusalem "will not change or infringe on the Palestinian people's immutable and well-protected rights in the Jerusalem and other places in the occupied Palestinian lands", the report said.

Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince has arrived in Egypt for a visit meant to deepen the alliance between two of the region's powerhouses.

Cairo and Riyadh had just emerged from months of tension over differences in approach to regional flashpoints like Syria and Yemen.

President El Sisi welcomed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his first official visit to Egypt as heir to the throne.

Last June, Egypt joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in a blockade against Qatar, accusing the oil-rich state of supporting terrorism, interfering in internal affairs and seeking closer ties with Iran, the arch-Saudi rival in the Gulf region.

Sisi is guaranteed a win in a vote where, critics say, authorities have locked up opponents or forced them to halt election campaigns.

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