File photo: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi saluted on Saturday the "ingenuity of the Egyptian negotiator" as the country marks the 38th Sinai Liberation Day.
“A timeless salute to our martyrs from the sons of this nation… a salute to the Armed Forces who have fought the noblest of battles… a salute to the Egyptian negotiator’s ingenuity and everyone who participated in this historic battle,” El-Sisi said in a Facebook post.
Egypt celebrates on 25 April the final withdrawal of all Israeli military forces from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, following the 1979 US-brokered peace agreement.
The peace agreement was signed following negotiations between the two sides after the victory of the Egyptian army against Israeli occupation forces in the October 1973 War.
Sinai Liberation Day is a national holiday in Egypt.
The president usually issues pardons several times a year, including on Sinai Liberation Day, national holidays and religious festivals.