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Nour Salafist Party approves 'Two Red Sea Islands Transfer Agreement'

Saturday 17-06-2017 - 02:20 PM
Members of the puritanical Islamist Nour Party
Khalid Fahmy
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Cairo – A Salafist Nour Party MP said his party approved the controversial agreement to transfer the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia after consulting all members of the Islamist party and reviewing documents.
Mohamed Salah Khalifa expressed his full confidence in the Egyptian armed forces and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to protect each mile of Egypt’s territory, refusing the usurpation of Arab countries’ rights.
Khalifa added that conflicts among Arab countries should be solved through dialogue and under international treaties and agreements organizing the demarcation between them.

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Egypt has recently witnessed a state of controversy after Cairo and Riyadh signed an agreement in 2016 to transfer Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. This transfer plan sparked rare street protests 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 agreement was referred to courts and then the Egyptian parliament to be debated, a step that irritated Riyadh and raised tension between the two major Arab countries.

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On June 14, Egypt's parliament supported plans to hand over the two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia under the 2016 controversial agreement. This deal has recently sparked widespread criticism in the African country.
Egypt’s parliament speaker Ali Abdel Aal said on June 14 that the required majority of lawmakers voted in favor of the agreement.
There were unsuccessful calls to stage demonstrations in Egypt on June 16 to protests after the Egyptian parliament passed the transfer deal.

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