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Egypt's parliament approves transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

Treaty ceding sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia approved by Egypt's House of Representatives, say Speaker Ali Abdelaal

Image Credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
An aerial view of the coast of the Red Sea and the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir is pictured through the window of an airplane near Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt November 1, 2016. Picture taken November 1, 2016.

Egypt's parliament approved a treaty ceding sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdelaal said on Wednesday.

The treaty must now be ratified by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, a formality.

Al Sissi's government last year announced a maritime demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia, which has given billions of dollars of aid to Egypt, ceding control of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to the Kingdom.

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