“The 25th of April will remain an immortal day in the memory of our nation, [a day) on which the strength of will and the solidity of determination were confirmed by generations that realised the value of belonging to their homeland,” El-Sisi said.
Egypt celebrates on 25 April of every year the final withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from the Sinai Peninsula on that day in 1982, as per the 1979 US-brokered Egyptian-Israeli Camp David Peace Accords.
Those generations have “sacrificed themselves to defend [the nation’s] soil, waving high the flags of victory in the sky with pride and dignity,” the president added.
He sent “greetings to everyone who contributed to the restoration of this holy land and its return to the motherland, Egypt.”
El-Sisi paid tribute to the country’s martyrs “who remain immortal in Egypt’s memory and who sacrificed their lives and blood for the sake of keeping the homeland free and proud.”
El-Sisi also paid tribute to the soul of late President Anwar El-Sadat,”who made the decision to wage war and eventually broker peace.”
The late president El-Sadat gave the order to attack on 6 October 1973 to liberate Sinai from Israeli occupation. He then embarked in 1977 on a peace initiative to end the decades-old wars between Egypt and Israel that led to the signing of a historic peace agreement between the two countries in 1979.
“My salutations to the soul of late president Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat, who chose to fight and then call for peace with the courage of a knight and the vision of a leader who aspires to secure a safe environment and achieve stability for his people and all peace-loving peoples,” El-Sisi said.
Additionally, the president praised the Egyptian diplomats who fought a years-long legal battle in international courts to secure the return of Taba in South Sinai from Israeli occupation to Egyptian sovereignty, winning a historic legal victory in 1988.
El-Sisi also expressed appreciation to the Egyptian Armed Forces’ personnel, who are stationed on every inch and corner of the homeland.
“They wake up every morning to renew the pledge of loyalty to God and the homeland and are always ready to defend a nation that placed its absolute trust in them and in their ability to safeguard it,” he stated.
"We have fully restored our land and started a new phase of the reconstruction in our beloved Sinai to serve as the first line of defence for it."
"The projects that are being built all over Sinai aim to develop it, benefit from its wealth, and achieve prosperity for its beloved people."
The president then stressed that “whoever wants peace must possess the necessary power that is capable of preserving it.”
Maximising the state’s capabilities
"Maximising the Egyptian state’s comprehensive capabilities comes on top of our priorities amid a highly complicated regional and international situation," El-Sisi said.
“The Egyptian state understands the prospects of the future through a deep examining of the events and an insight into the international changes and developments,” El-Sisi said.
He added that the state seeks to establish a powerful national economy that is capable of facing any challenges.
“Just as much as we are keen about our military capabilities, we are also moving along parallel lines to upgrade the rest of the comprehensive capabilities of the state, the most important of which is the economic capacity,” the president said.
He also affirmed the country’s keenness on strengthening the Egyptian economy to achieve high growth rates and provide more job opportunities for youths.
Furthermore, the president shed light on the development projects implemented across Sinai to develop the peninsula and achieve prosperity for its people.
Different religious, national occasions
Sinai Liberation Day this year also coincides with different religious and national occasions, El-Sisi said, including the 50th anniversary of the victory of 10 Ramadan, 1393 AH — the day in the Islamic calendar that corresponded to the 6th of October 1973 war in the Gregorian calendar.
During his speech, the president recongratulated Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Christians on the conclusion of their holy week, which also coincided with the approaching end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the advent of Eid El-Fitr.
On Saturday, the president sent a message of congratulations to Pope Tawadros II — the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church — on the occasion of Easter, saying that the advent of the holy week in the holy month of Ramadan is "a call for adherence to noble religious values."
“Easter’s coincidence with the holy month of Ramadan on the land of Egypt — the cradle of monotheistic religions — is a call for adherence to the noble religious values that extol the virtues of strengthening cohesion and enhancing the spirit of solidarity and harmony."
The president also prayed to God during these “blessed days in which the fasts and prayers of the masses of Muslim and Christian Egyptians converge” to bring continued goodness and development to Egypt, protect the country and citizens, and perpetuate security and prosperity in Egypt.
He also sent similar messages to Coptic Orthodox Christians abroad on Easter through the country’s embassies and consulates worldwide.
Meanwhile, First Lady Entissar El-Sisi also congratulated on Monday the Egyptian people on the advent of Sinai Liberation Day, saying it represents a “feast of dignity, pride, and victory of the will of the Egyptian people, who affirmed their ability to face any challenge to restore their land and rights.”