Egypt Independent

Al-Wafd MP declares resignation over Parliament’s approval of Red Sea Islands deal












"I regret to declare my resignation from my position as MP, as the way in which the voting process on Tiran and Sanfir was conducted was not fair and has been administrated overall in a negative way

Member of the Parliament (MP) Mohamed Fouad declared his resignation following the recent Parliamentary approval on the 2016 maritime demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia that stipulated moving the Egyptian sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanfir to Saudi authorities.

Fouad, who represents the renowned Egyptian political party Al-Wafad, said in a statement issued to clarify reasons behind his resignation that due to the clear derogation of his authorities as MP during the voting sessions on the Red Sea agreement, he decided to resign.

“I regret to declare my resignation from my position as MP, as the way in which the voting process on Tiran and Sanfir was conducted was not fair and has been administrated overall in a negative way,” Fouad stated.

On Wednesday, Egypt’s Parliament approved the maritime demarcation deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia; the approval will pave the way to transferring Egyptian sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.

The Parliament’s approval came after a three-day discussion between the members of Parliament, during which the Legislative Committee first approved the deal, with the Defense Committee following suit.

The maritime demarcation deal was signed between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in 2016, during Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s visit to Egypt.