Lies about Red Sea islands denounced

Lies about Red Sea islands denounced
Updated 17 April 2016

Lies about Red Sea islands denounced

Lies about Red Sea islands denounced

RIYADH: The Saudi government plans to take legal action against those media outlets questioning the recent handover of two Red Sea islands by Egypt to the Kingdom.

This was the warning issued by Ahmad Qattan, Saudi ambassador in Egypt and permanent envoy at the Arab League, who said that television stations and Internet sites controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood were claiming that the Kingdom did not own Tiran and Sanafer islands.
Qattan said these media outlets were spreading “rumors and lies and presenting forged documents” about the ownership of the islands. He said there could be no dispute that these islands were part of Saudi territory, according to the report published Friday.
He said journalists must make sure they get their facts correct before publishing information. Relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia are at an all-time high after the recent state visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, he said.
He said it was clear that the reports being circulated were quoting from “forged” documents, and that the late King Abdullah had sent a letter to the former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak on June 11, 2004, about the islands.
The statement, which Qattan posted on his social media page states: “In the light of the brotherly links between the two countries, I am happy to re-emphasize what you said in your talk on the sidelines of the 15th Arab Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh about the islands of Tiran and Sanafer and your assurances that they are Saudi islands ...”
Qattan’s posting further stated that the ownership was confirmed by Egypt’s Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ahmad Abdulmajeed on March 2, 1990, who said that the islands were considered Saudi territory and would be “under Egyptian administration temporarily until the regional situation stabilizes.”
Qattan said that the late King Abdullah had emphasized the “special relationship” between the two nations, and had hoped for the strengthening of ties for mutual benefit.
Qattan’s comments come a week after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi handed the islands back to the Kingdom during a state visit by King Salman. The move triggered criticism from certain sections of the Egyptian media.