President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi delivered a speech on Monday on the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Sinai, where he saluted all those who contributed to the restoration of this holy land.
He added that Egypt, as much as it cares about military capability, is moving along parallel lines to upgrade the rest of the state’s comprehensive capabilities, the most important of which is its economic capacity.
The president also stressed that the Egyptian state has begun a new phase for the reconstruction of Sinai, which will serve as a first line of defence for the country.
Sinai Liberation Day is marked on 25 April of each year, the day in which Israeli occupation forces completely withdrew from the peninsula after the signing of the Camp David Peace Accords between Egypt and Israel a few years prior.
That day, Egypt reclaimed the entire land mass of Sinai except for the city of Taba, which was later given back to Egypt through international arbitration on 15 March 1989.
In his televised speech, the president pointed out that the celebration coincides with many religious and national occasions, as it coincides with the passage of fifty Hijri years since the victory of the 10th of Ramadan, which paved the way for the return of Sinai to Egypt.
The celebration also coincides with the Feast of Resurrection that is celebrated by Coptic Orthodox Christians.
President Al-Sisi added that “It has been proven to the Egyptian state with certainty that whoever wants peace should possess the necessary force capable of preserving it.”
“I extend my greetings and appreciation to the men of the Egyptian army who are stationed on every inch and corner of the homeland… Who wake up every morning to renew the pledge of loyalty to God and the homeland to defend the nation that has placed absolute confidence in them and in their ability to preserve it.”