June 14, 2017 / 2:03 PM / a month ago

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

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CAIRO (Reuters) - 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-Sisi, a formality.

Sisi'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 Gulf kingdom.

Reporting by Nashat Hamdy; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Giles Elgood

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