Building a Bridge Between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and Egypt just concluded a large economic deal last week, the centrepiece of which was the transfer of a few Red Sea islands from Egyptian to Saudi control. Although officially the islands are merely being returned (after multiple decades in Egyptian custody), the Egyptian president has already come under domestic fire, including large protests, for this seemingly weak move. The deal also included promises to build a bridge connecting the two countries, though this has been raised before without any results.

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