New defense minister vows to protect, stabilize national security
Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi - YOUM7
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: Newly appointed Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi spoke to Armed Forces leaders on Monday at the Galaa Theater for the first time since being sworn in, stating that the Armed Forces have a “holy mission” to protect national security.

He vowed to stabilize national security and increase the technical efficiency of weapons and military equipment, in an address that was uploaded to Youtube.

“The world is watching now the efforts of the army and police forces in their deadly crackdown against ‘terrorism,’” Sobhi said.

Sobhi praised the role of the Armed Forces in protecting Egypt’s borders, combating “terrorism” in the Sinai and all other governorates, and securing and guarding vital facilities. He also praised the role of civilian police.

During a meeting with Armed Forces leaders, Sobhi spoke about their views and inquiries, and asked them to serve as role models for Egyptian society.

The meeting began with a short propoganda film by the army’s Department of Morale Affairs, showing the intellectual and ideological “extremism” that Egypt currently faces and its impact on security and stability.

Sobhi previously served as Chief of Staff, succeeding Samy Anan. Before assuming office, he was the commander of the Third Field Army and served as a member of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, which managed the country after former president Hosni Mubarak stepped down following the January 25 Revolution.

Sobhi, 59, received foreign training and studied at the U.S. Army War College from 2004 to 2005, Daily News Egypt reported.

On March 26, Interim President Adly Mansour promoted Sobhi to Colonel General, a rank usually reserved for defense ministers, and on March 27 he was sworn in, a day after former Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi resigned from the position to announce his bid for president in the upcoming elections.

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