Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo courtesy of Presidential Spokesperson)
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Tuesday in a televised speech commemorating the 47th anniversary of the 6 October War that "the great victory taught us that the Egyptian nation is always able to stand up for its rights and earn considerable respect from others."
"The victory for which the Egyptians fought and sacrificed their blood in order to restore a precious and dear part of the homeland. We swore to protect it and preserve its soil and borders, whatever the cost and the sacrifices," El-Sisi said.
"I am talking to you today to learn from our historical experiences and lessons. The great October victory taught us that the Egyptian nation - is always able - to stand up for its rights and earn considerable respect from others. We have also known that the truth that is based on strength would prevail ultimately. The Egyptian people would never give up their land; they are able to protect it."
"The glorious October war was not just a military battle in which Egypt fought and achieved its greatest victory; it was, however, a real test for the Egyptian people's ability to make the dream come true. Nevertheless, the resulting effects were not limited to the time period of the war; they extended to bring rays of hope in all parts of Egypt and create a new spirit in the souls of all Egyptians, a soul that is characterized by persistence, challenge, and the ability to face difficulties and make achievements," the president added.
The president said the victory's anniversary Egypt celebrates "is reminiscent of the people's struggle for thousands of years, adding "Inspired by the sublimity of its past, Egypt has drawn a rightful path to follow in order to achieve its desired goals and the people's broad hopes."
"Greetings to the great October generation who achieved victory, raised the flag of the homeland on its sacred soil, and brought the Egyptian army its pride and glory. Greetings to the hero of war and peace, "Hero of the Crossing", the late President "Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat" who bore the consequences of that decision with the courage of knights and determination of men," the president said.
"Greetings to every Egyptian mother who instilled in her children a firm belief that the land cannot be relinquished, at any cost, and filled her own heart with great patience and absolute faith. May peace be upon the souls of our righteous martyrs who watered the pure land of Egypt with their noble blood and set a great example of sacrifice and redemption for the generations to come. Greetings to the men of the Egyptian armed forces who are now stationed at every corner of Egypt with their fellow policemen to safeguard Egypt's security, safety and stability," he added.
"It is no secret that the ambitions in Egypt are still looming in the horizon and the dangers of threats, different as they might be, are no less. The world at large fell oblivious to the fact that Egypt's relentless efforts to bring about security and stability over the past few years are a great accomplishment. Preserving the security of a nation as great as Egypt in a challenging region and a turbulent world is undoubtedly a matter we must deem a proof of the uniqueness and resilience of this people and the exceptional ability of their armed forces and their state institutions," he stressed.
"Egypt, thereby, is moving towards adopting the approach of comprehensive sustainable development as it is the path towards a decent future for the people of Egypt. I assure you that the future of nations is not made by slogans and bombastic words. Peoples' capabilities cannot be left vulnerable to illusions and miscalculated policies. We, in Egypt, renew the pledge to continue working for the sake of preserving the dignity of this country and moving forward on the path of building, development, construction and peace," he explained.
"The glorious anniversary of the October victory will always be an occasion to be celebrated for all Egyptians; marking their willpower and strength and the competence and distinguished combat capacity of their armed forces which have written a timeless national epic on preserving the soil of this country and protecting its borders," he added.
"The memory of our righteous martyrs, their heroism and their precious sacrifices will always be remembered and will always be an incentive for us to further work and make more progress so as to shape the future that our great people aspire to have," he concluded.