The recent statements of the Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs, Ahmed Kattan, exploded about what Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did. With the head of the Egyptian regime, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, to give up Tiran and Sanafir, a new debate on social media.
Bin Salman has done unnatural things
Ahmad Al-Qattan, during his interview on “Rotana Khaleejia” channel on the “In the Picture” program, said: “History will record what Prince Muhammad bin Salman did. On his return to the Kingdom of these two islands, firmly and forcefully, he has done unnatural things.
His Excellency :
History will record what he did In return Saudi sovereignty, after long and difficult negotiations, was facilitated by the understanding of His Excellency the Egyptian President ..
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The Saudi minister stressed that “the issue was not easy, but the one who facilitated the issue is Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.”
He pointed out that Sisi met with senior Egyptians in the presidential palace, and talked with them extensively about the truth of this matter.
Mustafa Al-Feki’s suggestion
In his speech, Al-Qattan went to emphasize the Kingdom of Tiran and Sanafir, and said that the matter does not need to be asked, “Is it Saudi or Egyptian?”
He explained: “If we were on bad relations with Egypt and submitted a complaint to the United Nations, we would get these two islands. This was a suggestion from Dr. Mustafa El-Feki.
So I said to him: “How, Doctor Mustafa, will the Kingdom and Egypt accept complaints from each other at the United Nations? No way”.
Officer from the era of King Farouk
Ahmed Al-Qattan returned to praise bin Salman and said that what was done by Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be remembered by history.
Adding: “Because this topic has been for many years since the days of King Fahd and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.”
The Saudi minister claimed that the late Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak was evading this matter.
And he said what he read: “Whenever he opens with him, he says: ‘Come, tomorrow, after him,’” until Prince Muhammad bin Salman came and spoke with His Excellency the Egyptian President about this matter with all transparency.
Al-Qattan mentioned a story that had no source or evidence about a 91-year-old Egyptian officer, who said that King Farouk ordered him. To go to the kingdom to meet King Abdulaziz and ask for these two islands.
The Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif has previously asked about the motives that led the head of the Egyptian regime, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. To insist on ceding the islands of Tiran and Sanafir in favor of Saudi Arabia.
She emphasized that giving the islands to Saudi Arabia gives it a justification for its developing relations with Israel.
In an article published in the New York Times in 2017, Soueif said that Sisi’s enthusiasm for giving up the two islands / implicated the Egyptian government. In transgressions that would destroy any remaining prestige for state institutions, including the judiciary, parliament, media, and even the constitution.
And I wondered if the issue of the two islands was linked to a conflict of administrations that Sisi had to win so that everyone knew that he was doing what he wanted, and there was no force that could prevent it?
Or is the government involved in a deal that it cannot reverse and cannot disclose its true components?
She emphasized that giving the islands to Saudi Arabia makes the Kingdom a party to the Camp David Accords and gives it a justification for its developing relations with Israel.
The author pointed out that although the Camp David Accords stipulate that the Straits of Tiran be open to all ships, this condition is. It applies only in conditions of peace and in conditions of “innocent passage”.
As long as the straits are under Egyptian control, Egypt can close them in case of war or if it smells bad intentions for passing ships.
However, after the ceding of the islands to Saudi Arabia, the waters of the Straits of Tiran became international, and Egypt had no ruling over them in peace or war.
Soueif said that the crisis of ceding the two islands coincides with a bleak situation in the country; The great majority of Egyptians live a sense of threat. In their lives, their future and livelihood for decades, but now they feel existential threat.
And she considered that Egyptian society is divided and hostile in a way that it has never known before, and that it does not welcome the displaced and refugees, and expels even its children. Those who hurl themselves into the deserts and seas, as a result of decades of corrupt and perverted rule.
And she saw that January 2011 revolution It was a response and reaction to this existential threat, which is why millions of young Prime Time Zone and adults came to it. The rich and the poor, the religious political authority, the civil political authority, and others, with the aim of saving the country and saving themselves.
She emphasized that the counter-revolution that began since the ousted President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February 2011, has completely failed to meet the concerns. And the concerns of the Egyptians, and its focus was on mastering power and monopolizing it, and eliminating everything it imagined that could threaten it.
She said that the Egyptians today feel the danger, loss and shame that Tiran and Sanafir have lost, and stressed that the opposition continues despite the crackdown. The escalation in the country will not stop and will not be silent.
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