Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces offered condolences to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi over the death of former defense and military production minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.
“History will recall the Defence Minister’s instrumental role in ensuring the stability of Egypt & its institutions. May he rest in peace,” Bin Zayed tweeted.
Moreover, he extended his sincere condolences to President Sisi, the Egyptian people, and his family.
رحم الله المشير محمد حسين طنطاوي وزير الدفاع المصري الأسبق..مواقفه الوطنية التاريخية حافظت على استقرار مصر وتماسك مؤسساتها في أصعب الظروف، خالص العزاء إلى الرئيس عبدالفتاح السيسي والشعب المصري وأسرة الفقيد الكريمة.
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) September 25, 2021
The late commander was a war hero, who fought in the Six-Day War in 1967, and the War of Attrition that began in 1969 paving the way for the 6th of October 1973 War, where he led a very famous battle dubbed “The Chinese Farm Battle.” It took place on October 15, 1973, when troops freed a land that was planned for reclamation by the Egyptian government in Sinai, from Israeli occupation.
Tantawi came up through the ranks until he was appointed General Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, and Minister of Defense and Military Production in 1991. Two years later, he earned the Field Marshal rank, remaining in the position until August 12, 2021.