Sinai Liberation Day: Sisi stresses Egypt rejection of Palestinian displacement

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Apr 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed Egypt’s categorical rejection of displacing Palestinians from their lands into Sinai or any other place as he addressed the nation on Sinai Liberation Day.



El-Sisi emphasized that Egypt's unwavering rejection of displacement aims to prevent eradicating the Palestinian cause and protect Egyptian national security.

He also highlighted Egypt’s unyielding efforts to achieve a ceasefire and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

Moreover, the president affirmed that Egypt has exerted efforts aimed at establishing a sovereign and independent Palestinian state that guarantees the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

“All these [stances] constitute the solid determinants which Egypt has embraced with an ultimate aim of establishing peace, security, stability, and development in the region for the good of its people,” El-Sisi said.

President El-Sisi reiterated on many occasions that displacement of the Palestinian people from Gaza would liquidate the Palestinian cause and undermine the route to peace based on the two-state solution.

Meanwhile, Egypt and the international community have highlighted the imminent humanitarian catastrophic consequences of a planned Israeli operation in Rafah, currently home to more than half of Gaza’s population.

Furthermore, Egypt is concerned that the Rafah invasion will push around 1.4 million Palestinians, currently seeking refuge in the city, to Egypt through the border, a matter that Egypt has denounced as a “red line.”

Sinai Liberation Day

Egypt now celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the withdrawal of all Israeli military forces from the Sinai Peninsula on 25 April 1982, following the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

On that day, Egypt regained the Sinai Peninsula and raised its flag in Rafah.

The Sinai liberation culminated in the great victory of the Egyptian army over Israeli occupation forces in the October 1973 War.

“Liberated through war and diplomacy, Sinai will always stand as a testament to the steadfastness of Egypt, its people, its armed forces, and its institutions,” El-Sisi said in his speech.

He further stressed that Sinai will remain “an eternal icon for the solidity of the Egyptian people in crushing aggressors and invaders throughout ages.”

Moreover, the president highlighted Egypt’s victory in its ferocious war against terrorism in Sinai over the past years.

He said those forces of evil were “deluded by the notion that their terrorism can weaken the country’s resolve,” but their evil acts were ultimately “shattered on the fortresses of goodness and honor.”

El-Sisi emphasized that the Egyptian people bore a heavy burden to counter these forces, offering martyrs from the armed forces and civil police.

“They spilled their precious blood as a price to shield not just Sinai, but all of Egypt, against the encroaching darkness of terror and extremism,” he added.

Additionally, the president highlighted the ongoing development efforts in Sinai as “a sacred and national duty.”

He noted that these efforts aim to achieve comprehensive development in health, education, infrastructure, and all elements of urbanization, industry, and agriculture as part of a massive national project.

This project is “worthy of the Egyptian people’s sacrifices to safeguard and defend the security and well-being of the entire homeland,” El-Sisi affirmed.

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