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Does Egypt control the Suez Canal?

Last Updated: 15th January, 2020

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The United Kingdom and France owned the canal until July 1956, when the President of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, nationalized it - an event which led to the Suez Crisis of October–November 1956. The canal is owned and maintained by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) of Egypt.

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In this regard, who has control of the Suez Canal?

The canal remained under the control of two powers until Nasser nationalized it in 1956; it has since been operated by the Suez Canal Authority .

Additionally, how did Egypt gain control of the Suez Canal? Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal. After World War II, Egypt pressed for evacuation of British troops from the Suez Canal Zone, and in July 1956 President Nasser nationalized the canal, hoping to charge tolls that would pay for construction of a massive dam on the Nile River.

Also to know is, when did Egypt get control of the Suez Canal?

Suez Crisis, (1956), international crisis in the Middle East, precipitated on July 26, 1956, when the Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, nationalized the Suez Canal. The canal had been owned by the Suez Canal Company, which was controlled by French and British interests.

Can Egypt close the Suez Canal?

In 1967, during Egypt's war with Israel, Egypt decided to close tiran Strait of aqaba gulf in complete parallel of the suez canal. So technically, No, Egypt respect the regulations of international community and can't close the canal.

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