Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi speaks to army personnel and chieftains of the Sinai tribes during an Iftar banquet to mark the 50th anniversary of the 10th of Ramadan war victory in 1973.
The president made these remarks during an Iftar event with the chieftains of Sinai tribes and personnel in the Second and Third Field Armies to mark the 50th anniversary of the victory in the 6th of October War in 1973, which fell on 10th day of the holy month of Ramadan that year, per the Islamic Hijri calendar.
Minister of Defence General Mohamed Zaki and Chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Osama Askar attended the Iftar event.
The president, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, said in his remarks that the state appreciated the efforts of the Armed Forces and civilian police as well as the chieftains of Sinai tribes during the war on terrorism in Sinai, vowing that the state would continue to empower them.
"The fight that took place on the land of Sinai against terrorism is no less significant than any fight carried out by Egypt in previous battles,” El-Sisi said.
“The work that was carried out in this war is no less significant than the work that led to the victory of October," he added.
“Remember, ten years ago many people were asking when terrorism would be over. Now, thanks to you, it is over.”
The president also noted that the state has invested in Sinai heavily over the past eight years and will continue to implement development projects in the peninsula.
He also assured that the current economic crisis in the country “will be over soon and will become history.”
Earlier in the day, the president inspected security checkpoints east of the Suez Canal.
During his inspection tour, the president spoke briefly with soldiers and officers from soldiers and officers in the East of Suez Canal Forces Command, who are tasked with combatting terrorism, as well as personnel in the Second and Third Field Armies.
"This victory was achieved for our beloved Egypt after its army and people united in a brilliant scene," President El-Sisi told the personnel.
"I am happy to be amongst my sons who are fighters in the Egyptian Armed Forces in the east of the Suez Canal on the precious land of Sinai," the president wrote on his Facebook page.
Before attending the Iftar, the president inspected the permanent operations centre of the East of Suez Canal Command to follow up on security status.