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Egypt’s Sisi ratifies deal ceding Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday ratified an agreement that cedes sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, brushing off widespread public criticism of the deal. The Red Sea islands accord has become politically sensitive for Sisi. He counts on Saudi Arabia as a key ally, but street protests broke out over the agreement last year among Egyptians angered over the concession. Egypt's parliament last week backed the deal handing control of Tiran and Sanafir islands to…