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Egyptian opposition rejects transfer of Red Sea islands to S/Arabia

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Many political parties, civil society movements, activists and public figures in Egypt have expressed their opposition to the new maritime boundary delimitation convention with Saudi Arabia, whereby two islands are returned to the Kingdom.In a communique issued in Cairo, the parties said the two islands namely, Tiran and Sanafir, are “occupied territory following a shameful transaction.”

“The people did not accept this deal and will never accept it,” the statement said, adding that peaceful demonstrations will continue for the return of the two islands to Egypt.

The demarcation accord was ratified Saturday by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sissi after it was approved by the House of Representatives.

The political parties also considered that the legitimacy of the regime represented by the House of Representatives, the government and the President of the Republic was lost with “the unconstitutional retrocession of the two islands”.

According to government sources, Tiran and Sanafir who are located in the Red Sea at the gates of the Gulf of Aqaba will be handed over to Ryad just after the exchange of documents between the FA ministries of both countries.



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