Rabat - The Egyptian cabinet announced on Saturday that it will return the sovereignty of two islands called Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia after almost seven decades.

Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, left, shakes the hand of King Salman of Saudi Arabia after signing an agreement over the islands. Photograph: Sherif Abdel Minoem/AP
Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, left, shakes the hand of King Salman of Saudi Arabia after signing an agreement over the islands. Photograph: Sherif Abdel Minoem/AP
Zainab Calcuttawala is an American journalist based in Morocco.