Sisi attends 31st intellectual seminar of Armed Forces
Sunday، 13 October 2019 - 12:13 PM
President Abdel Fatah El Sisi attended on Sunday 13/10/2019 the 31st intellectual seminar of the Armed forces, which is held under the theme of "October .. Will and Challenge.”
The seminar coincides with the 46th anniversary of the 6th of October War victory celebrations.
The event is attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki along with a number of army commanders, statesmen and prominent public figures.
The seminar began by recitation of holy Quran verses.
A documentary film was screened during the seminar featuring challenges facing Egypt in the past and the present, foremost among which the 1967 setback and the Israeli occupation of Sinai.
The film showed how Egypt began its struggle to re-build the Armed Forces to begin the War of Attrition against Israel.
The film shed light on October War and the unity between the Egyptian people and the army that was crowned with victory.
It also referred to late president Mohamed Sadat's accomplishments in war and peace and his landmark visit to the Israeli Knesset that ended up by signing Camp David Peace Treaty.
The film highlighted Egypt's efforts to fight all forms of terrorism as well as its development march.
Addressing the ceremony, Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina Moustafa el Feqi said Egyptians' ability to stand on their feet quickly after the 1967 setback was admired by all the world.
He paid tribute to late president Gamal Abdel Nasser and several army commanders for their great efforts at this stage.
He referred to UN Security Council Resolution 242 that was issued in the aftermath of the October war and sponsored by British ambassador Lord Caradon.
The resolution provided for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict. It also called for termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.
Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina Dr Moustafa el Fiqi said Egypt had all diplomatic support from friendly countries in this stage.
The situation was tackled at the UN, with world countries stressing that defeat is not what an ancient state such as Egypt deserves.
He recalled an event in which late president Gamal Abdel Nasser had to leave an international conference when Israel's envoy started to address the gathering. Representatives of 124 countries immediately left the session after Nasser, Fiqi said, adding that the US president then made the remark that the Egyptian leader controlled more than half of the world.
This was Egypt's image back then, Fiqi said.
He then talked about late president Anwar Sadat's brave moves, atop of which the destruction of the Bar-Lev line on October 6, 1973 which put an end to the War of Attrition.
Fiqi then paid tribute to the Egyptian people, who turned defeat into victory and chaos into safety. Egyptians are sure capable of countering political strife at the international and regional levels, he concluded.
Addressing the gathering, former commander of the 16th infantry brigade and former chief of staff Lt. Gen. Abd Rab el Nabi Hafez said his troops took part in dozens of battles during the War of Attrition and October War.
He paid tribute to troops of the 16th infantry brigade who insisted to continue fighting despite counter attacks by Israel in the battle of tanks on October 16-17.
Nowadays Egypt is witnessing an upturn in security and development, which he believes is the outcome of skills gained from multiple challenges and threats the Egyptian army had to face throughout its history.
Addressing the seminar, Deputy Chairman of the Technological Research Center at the British University in Egypt (BUE) Mohamed Magdy asserted that our ancestors faced many risks and threats leveled against the nation with all their potentials, noting that Egypt in this century is witnessing a new type of invasion which he called "the remote invasion".
He also pointed out to the geopolitical changes that took place in the world in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union which has had a great impact on conflicts taking place worldwide and consequently created a unipolar world under the hegemony of the US.
Such geopolitical changes led to a development in the characteristics of conflicts and military strategies and saw the use of armed groups and terrorists to target the communities and their points of weakness, he added, terming these new warfare tactics as the "fourth generation" wars.
He also noted that the change in globalization tools topped by information technology and communication have paved the way for the surfacing of new risks which he called "the fifth-generation" wars.
He asserted that technology has become an active player in influencing a state's infrastructure of informatics as well as national security.
Soldier Ahmed Fawzi Hassan of the Armed Forces said Egypt deserves all sacrifices made for it, stressing that Egypt will remain powerful by its people and army.
Soldier Hassan lost his legs while safeguarding Rafah in North Sinai in 2015.
During the seminar organized by the Armed Forces on the October War victory anniversary, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi honored Hassan in toke of appreciation for the great sacrifice he offered to Egypt.
Following addresses by several participants, scenes from "Al-Mamar” movie were screened during the ceremony to highlight the heroic actions and victories achieved by the Egyptian army and its steadfastness in the face of the Israeli enemy along with the challenges that were overcome by the Egyptian soldiers and the gross damage inflicted on the Israeli army during the War of Attrition and the October War.
Addressing the ceremony, "Al Mamar" leading actor Ahmed Ezz voiced happiness over participating in the glorious October War anniversary celebrations, noting that the success of the movie has sent a message from the Egyptian people who have always been supportive of their army.
Ezz said every soldier should feel proud and honored to serve his country at any time.
Meanwhile, actress Hind Sabry said "Al Mamar" has shown the tough path Egypt and the Arab countries went through to turn defeat into victory.
Hind Sabry, who played the role of the wife of one of the Egyptian soldiers in the movie, also highlighted the greatness and fortitude of the Egyptian women who always show their true mettle during hard times, extending her heart-felt greetings to the Egyptian people and their great patriotic army.
A picture of Mrs Farhana Hussein Salama, who had worked with the military intelligence department, was then displayed.
Salama had been honored by late president Anwar Sadat for her great services to Egypt.