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Negotiations

Volume 155: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the names of the Egyptians who are at present concerned in the negotiations with this country; and which of them are opposed to the return of Zaghloul Pasha from banishment?

As regards the first portion of the hon. Member's question, I would refer to my reply to a question asked on 22nd June by the hon. and gallant Member for Bromley (Lieut.-Colonel James). I am not aware of the views held by individual Egyptian Ministers respecting the return of Zaghloul Pasha.

In order that apprehensions may be removed, may I ask whether any recommendation has been made that they should declare an election and, from the chosen representatives, decide who shall negotiate with this country?

That is a different question altogether. The question of an election rests with the Egyptian Government.

Will it be necessary to decide who shall have a vote under the new Constitution before there can be any voting in Egypt?

Ought it not to be left to the Egyptians themselves to decide their constitutional election?