Egypt waging ‘battle for development’ in Sinai after liberation from occupation and terrorism: Sisi

Ahram Online , Tuesday 25 Apr 2023

In a televised speech to commemorate the 41st anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day on Tuesday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that Egypt is now waging a “battle for the development of Sinai” following its liberation from occupation and terrorism.

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in his televised speech Tuesday on the occasion of Sinai Liberation.

“The 25th of April will remain a remarkable day each year in the history of our nation, representing a result we are proud of for the glorious October War, the peace process, and the long diplomatic journey, embodying the will of a people who refused to live in defeat,” the Egyptian President said.

“On this day, we extend our sincere respect and admiration, on behalf of Egypt and its people, to the heroic President Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat, the leader of war and peace, who made the toughest decisions in the most critical times and in the darkest days,” El-Sisi said as he paid tribute to the late president.

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 the historic Camp David Peace Accords between the two countries in 1979.

Sinai Liberation Day is an annual holiday that marks the anniversary of the final withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, as per the peace accords.

El-Sisi also spoke of the difficulties posed by the war on terrorism in Sinai over the past decade.

“Extremists from all over flocked to [Sinai], seeking to separate it from the homeland by spreading terror and fear, thinking that they could terrorise the Egyptian army and police.”

However, they ignored “the fact that this great army and brave police officers are fierce fighters who fear no death in the way of God and the homeland,” he said, adding that the Egyptian people stood behind the Egyptian army and police in those years.

The Egyptian president said that the sacrifices and heroism made by the Armed Forces and civilian police during the war on terrorism will be talked about with pride and dignity for generations to come.

“We will continue to work towards enhancing and protecting [Sinai]. We have embarked on a battle for the development of Sinai that requires enormous efforts, sincerity of intention and patience in work,” El-Sisi said in his speech.

The aim of the Egyptian state in Sinai is now to provide a new reality that befits the sacrifices of Egyptians from Sinai and every corner of the country.

These comments come on the heel of El-Sisi’s visit last month to Ismailia, where he said the defeat of terrorism in Sinai has paved the way for the reconstruction of the peninsula.

Earlier Tuesday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi laid wreathes on the tombs of the unknown soldier and the late President Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat at the Unknown Soldier Memorial in Cairo's Nasr City.

He was accompanied by Minister of Defence and Military Production General Mohamed Zaki and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Lieutenant-General Osama Askar.

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