Sisi marks June 30, vows revenge against terrorism
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi - REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gave a national address Monday evening to mark the first anniversary of June 30.

This time last year, mass protests called for the removal of Islamist former President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sisi’s address to the nation tackled the economic crisis, which he said could be overcome through hard work. On security conditions, he promised to combat terrorism and avenge those who were killed in bombings at Ithadeya presidential palace Monday. Two police officers were killed in the incident and 13 injured.

“We lost new martyrs today and I beg God to send them to heaven,” Sisi said. “The state will take revenge for those martyrs and they will not have died in vain.”

Sisi said June 30 had rectified the State’s course after it deviated from the January 25 Revolution and restored Egypt’s aspirations.

“June 30 proved Egyptians are able to unite against challenges and proved that the Egyptian Army believes in its country and will sacrifice for its constitution,” Sisi said in his televised speech.

Discussing the transitional period, Sisi said Egypt wrote its constitution and conducted the presidential election, and said the period will be completed when a parliament is elected.

As for defense, Sisi said “Egypt will be the first line of defense for Arabism and Islam.”

“The darkness of terrorism still blocks Egyptians’ aspirations. Terrorism does not differentiate between women and children,” he said. “We will continue defending the righteous religion and firmly face backward and reactionary calls… we will rectify the religious discourse.”

Economically, Sisi called on all Egyptians at home and abroad to work for economic revival, adding that Egypt needs exerted efforts and sacrifice to establish agricultural and industrial development for restoring Egypt’s economic, political and cultural positions.

“The state cannot give up its responsibility towards the current conditions and cannot escape the challenges. I will not accept anything but success,” Sisi said.

On international relations, Sisi said Egypt’s ties with neighboring countries are bigger than just economic benefits or military cooperation.

“We will pump new blood into the arteries of our joint cooperation,” he said.

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