President Sisi praises sacrifices of police officers in defeating terrorism on their 70th national day

Mohamed Soliman , Sunday 23 Jan 2022

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Sunday that the country has made "a great achievement in defeating terrorism over the past seven years," but urged Egyptians to "never forget the very high cost" that was paid to achieve security and stability.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

The president made these statements in his speech during the 70th National Police Day celebrations at the Police Academy in New Cairo.

El-Sisi told the families of police martyrs and injured who attended the event that their sons’ sacrifices will fuel the building of "the new and strong Egypt."

"We will not forget what your sons sacrificed. A huge price was paid that cannot be compensated. Your solace is that a country of 100 million people is living in security, peace and stability," he noted.

El-Sisi praised the role of the country's police officers in safeguarding the security and stability nationwide and fighting terrorism, saying these efforts are a good illustration of police officers' awareness of the value of belonging to the country.

He stressed that Egypt would not have been able to "walk on the path of comprehensive development without the sacrifices of police officers and the armed forces."

National Police Day marks resistance by Egyptian police to British occupation forces attack on a police station in Ismailia city on the Suez Canal on 25 January, 1952, which resulted in the martyrdom and injury of dozens of police officers.

El-Sisi said the policemen in the Ismailia battle proved that belief in yourself is needed to defend the nation in the same way ammunition is.

The state's supreme goal, El-Sisi stressed, is to sustain itself and preserve the security and safety of its citizens, noting that such a goal requires "a national police apparatus that is well aware of the nature of its mission."

El-Sisi praised the role of the country's police officers in safeguarding security and stability nationwide and fighting terrorism as a good illustration of their awareness of the value of belonging to the country.

The president also thanked medical teams battling the coronavirus pandemic for preserving the health of Egyptians.

He also saluted Egyptians on the occasion of the 25 January Revolution, which he said "expressed the Egyptians' aspirations to build a new future for this country in which all the people enjoy a decent livelihood."

He added that what the state's economic and security achievements are just one step toward building the future of a new republic that preserves the dignity of Egyptians and provides them with the best living conditions.

The road to development will contain obstacles due to the challenges and dangers facing Egyptian national security, he added.

He urged Egyptians to unite and stand together to preserve the country's national character without interfering in the affairs of others or compromising on the rights of all Egyptians.

"Egypt is destined to live in the midst of a turbulent region that was and is still the epicenter of international events in which interests conflict, balances intertwine, and alliances change," he stressed.

The president started this year's celebration of National Police Day by laying a wreath at the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier.

He was accompanied with senior police commanders and state officials, including Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly, Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfik, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese, House of Representatives Speaker Hanafy El-Gebaly, and others.

The president also honoured the policemen who lost their lives in action during anti-terrorism operations over the past year, bestowing the orders of the republic and merit on their widows and parents in recognition of their efforts.

The event started with a lengthy documentary that featured personal testimonies of pride by the families and children of police officers who were killed in the line of duty.

Some members of the cast of the popular TV series El-Ekhtyar ("The Choice"), which depicts police officers in their struggle against terrorism,  spoke during the event, stressing that art would always be a reflection of the homeland and should always promote the message of patriotism and belonging.

The film included personal testimonies of commitment and resilience from police officers who were gravely injured in the fight against terrorists in Sinai.

The film also reviewed the efforts of the interior ministry in training police officers and maintaining their level of preparedness in the field as well as the expansive efforts of the ministry's civil divisions in the provision of various documentation and services to citizens.


President Sisi and the interior minister listening to the national anthem.

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