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Saudi Arabia's Shura Council approves Red Sea island agreement

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Apr 2016
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Saudi Shura Council members at the 34th session on 25 April 2015 (Photo courtesy of Saudi Press Agency)
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In a unanimous vote on Monday, Saudi Arabia's Shura Council approved the draft "border demarcation" agreement signed between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Based on the agreement, which was signed by Egypt and Saudi Arabia on 8 April during a five-day visit to Cairo by Saudi King Salman Bin Abdel-Aziz, Egypt has recognised Saudi sovereignty over the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir.

The vote came during the 34th session led by the speaker of the council Sheikh Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Shiekh

In a press statement following the session, deputy speaker Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan said the vote took place after members listened to a report prepared by the foreign affairs committee on the agreement.

The deal, which was met by criticism and several protests by Egyptians, has not been yet presented to the Egyptian parliament for a vote.

According to the Saudi news agency, several members of the council spoke to the importance of the agreement in the frame of the "special relationship" between the two countries.

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T.Ruth
26-04-2016 08:59am
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Get your facts right !
Are you Egyptian ? And you don't know the history of your country ? The document that defines clearly the soveriegnity of Egypt over the two islands was signed at the Convention of London and was finally agreed by Egypt's ruler on the 27th November 1840. Way before the birth of Saudi Arabia. Just google, read and learn... And then stop your childish rants ! Of course, with the amounts of money that Saudi Arabia have been donating to Egypt, one could be surprised that Sisi did not give away the whole of Sinai !!!! Might be better if he does, as the Egyptian government have no clue what to do with it !!!
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expat
25-04-2016 10:59pm
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funny enough...
the president sells land against loans and the parlament didnt even got the notes about the deal untill after its done? 100% democracy for sure
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THE EGYPTIAN
25-04-2016 07:37pm
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Egypt...
THER ARE DOCUMENTS TO LEGALIZE THAT AGREEMENT..PERIOD. SO STOP SCREAMING..JUST FOR FUN..?? OR IS IT SOMEBODY ELSE, THAT POOPED OUT OF THE SEWAGE SYSTEM..YOU KNOW VERY WELL ..WHO..?? "BRING DOWN THE BETRAYERS AND THE BROTHER-HOODIES!” THE REAL CANCER......EGYPT WILL PREVAIL.
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kastro
25-04-2016 11:09pm
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Yes, documents written by the army to legalize. You talk like in Egypt nobody can fake papers to legalize things
Steve
25-04-2016 10:23pm
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Yeah but...
Did the government get approval to give away those two islands to Saudi Arabia from we the people? A better question is, why would you give away those two islands whom our soldiers fought so valiantly for in 1973 (as well as the Sinai Peninsula). Give me a break here! Are we, as Egyptians, supposed to bow down to everything this current government does and say "there are documents to legalize that agreement?!"
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Al
25-04-2016 06:16pm
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Unanimous, sure!
Of course they approved the 'gift'. As if they would say no to a land give way from Sisi's government! If that was Morsi leaking Egyptian land to Saudi he would've been hanged on the spot!
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Steve
25-04-2016 07:04pm
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Agreed!!!
I couldn't have said it any better myself! Welcome to Egypt, where land is given away to the highest bidder (in this case, Saudi Arabia)!
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