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Egyptian MP decries calls for anti-islands transfer protests

Sunday 18-06-2017 - 09:15 AM
Khalid Fahmy
MP Abdel Rehim Ali
MP Abdel Rehim Ali
Cairo – Egyptian journalist and parliamentarian Abdel Rehim Ali denounced the recent calls to stage demonstrations on June 16 to protest against the transfer of the two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Egyptian parliament approved on June 14 the controversial agreement to transfer the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Riyadh.
MP Ali pointed out these devastating calls were made by “vandals.” He stressed that the calls do not represent the will of Egyptian people, but they are mere political unreasonable wrangles.

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“The callers of the protests are certainly well aware about plots hatched against our homeland and know how Egyptian people and army are targeted. If the transfer of the two islands is approved by the conviction of majority of MPs that the islands are Saudi territory, no one is entitled to contribute to losing our homeland entirely under the pretext of this step,” Ali reiterated. 
He urged Egyptian people not to respond to such calls that threaten the integrity and safety of Egypt and its territory. Ali wishes that this crisis could be wisely handled through the judiciary, presidency, media and parliament in order to avoid such demonstrations and give no opportunity to plotters against Egypt and Egyptians to hatch their plots.

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Ali reminded Egyptian people and the callers of these demonstrations about the bad situations suffered a few years ago in Egypt and neighboring countries due to chaos resulting from such protests.
On June 14, Ali announced that the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir are Egyptian.
Ali then posted on his official Facebook page that he would repeat that fact about the two islands over and over again, because he does not want to lose his dignity and self-esteem when he narrates the history of his country to his sons and grandsons.
“I can’t dare to accuse neither Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi nor Egyptian army of disloyalty. I always support the army and advocate its members,” Ali said.
“However, I do not think the parliament has the right to debate the case of the two islands, while the judiciary issued a final verdict on this issue,” he reiterated.

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Ali did not attend the final voting of the parliament session on June 14 on this case because he disagrees debating this issue by the parliament after the judiciary has announced its final verdict.
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 the judiciary and then the Egyptian parliament to be debated, a step that raised tension between the two major Arab countries.
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 Egypt.
Egypt’s parliament speaker Ali Abdel Aal said on June 14 that the required quorum was met to favor the agreement.

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