CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi delivered a speech Wednesday on state TV in occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the July 23, 1952 Revolution.
The revolution was carried out by the Free Officers Movement, which ended royal rule in Egypt and the end of British colonization.
In his speech, Sisi said the army will always be the protector of the people and vice versa, indicating that Egyptians with the army represent a strong force that will continue protecting the country.
“There is no danger,” he said, “no matter what the challenges are, as long as Egyptians are united as one force with same the goals to protect the country and its people.”
He referenced the July 23 Revolution and said that freedom includes freedom of thinking and believe, not only freedom of speech.
Sisi said that Egyptians in 1952 felt that their freedom was missing so they had a revolution to demand it.
Regarding the current economical conditions, Sisi mentioned that tough conditions do not create a suitable environment to express freely but with proper education, the person will not be a captive of ignorance. He said Egypt is taking steps towards eliminating ignorance.
Sisi said he cares for the citizens’ interests and that the July 23 Revolution targeted to eliminate occupation and to build a national army and achieve social justice. He said justice is based on the youths and providing suitable work opportunities for them.
Regarding the attack at Farafra early this week that killed 22 army officers and soldiers, he said the police and military forces had two choices; either to leave the situation to deteriorate like other countries or “to step forward and take the hits instead of the citizens.”
Concerning Egypt’s initiative for a ceasefire in Gaza between Hamas and Israel, Sisi said, “it was suggested to relieve tension and to open the door for negotiations between both sides.”
He added that Egypt will always support Palestine and its people, that it is a moral and national responsibility.
Egypt announced it would not amend its proposal for ceasefire in Gaza, according to Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s statements Tuesday after his talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Additional reporting by Nour Zulfukar,Hagar Hossam,Rfida Awadeen, and Omnia Galal.