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Parliament Speaker: Foreign documents on Red Sea islands not proof against Egypt

Tuesday 13-06-2017 - 09:25 AM
Khalid Fahmy
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Cairo – Egypt’s parliament speaker said foreign documents on the two Red Sea islands (Tiran and Sanafir) are not proof against Egypt.
Ali Abdel Aal stressed that the documents and maps of the armed forces and Egyptian geographic society are the only papers recognized when the demarcation agreement of maritime border between Saudi Arabia and Egypt is debated.
Abdel Aal made his remarks to comment on an expert’s opinion, who noted that there are foreign documents proving that the two islands are Egyptian.
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“I want to emphasize two facts stated by courts and arbitration bodies: Firstly, the foreign documents are not proof. Secondly, when Israel brought some documents from the USA administration in the case of the Egyptian town of Taba, the documents were not recognized by the arbitrators, which included Israelis,” Abdel Aal added.
Egypt has recently witnessed a state of controversy after the transfer of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. This transfer plan sparked rare street protests in 2016 staged by many Egyptians, who stress that their country's sovereignty over the islands dates back to a treaty signed before Saudi Arabia was founded.
The plan was referred to courts and the Egyptian parliament to be debated, a step that irritated Riyadh and raised tension between the two major Arab countries.

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