HC Deb 04 July 1907 vol 177 cc863-4

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Egyptian Government has established a military post at Sidi Barani, on the north-west, forty miles from the Turkish post at Salloum, and near a Bedouin encampment; and, if so, whether, in view of the danger of friction thus set up, he will now advise the Egyptian Government to enter into negotiations for the proper delimitation of the western frontier of Egypt.


The Egyptian Government have established a coastguard post to prevent smuggling at Sidi Barani, half-way between Sollum and Mersa Matru. There is nothing in this act which renders delimitation necessary, or is likely to give rise to friction. The chief trouble on the frontier has arisen from disputes not between Turkish and Egyptian officials, but between the Bedouin tribes.