Former Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, mourned Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, former General Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, who had passed away earlier today at the age of 85.
Hosni said: “I mourn with more sadness and sorrow the dear deceased of Egypt, the patriotic statesman, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, former Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense and Military Production. I have always known him as a good person, a dear friend, a fierce fighter and a responsible leader. I pray to God to cast patience and consolation upon the field marshal’s family, and reward him for the sacrifices he made for the sake of Egypt, its people, and its future.”
Farouk Hosni, the former Minister of Culture, and Field Marshal Tantawi, had worked together for a long time during the regime of President Mubarak, and they had a friendship that lasted for many years.
Field Marshal Tantawi was born on October 31, 2021, in Aswan, and graduated from the Military Academy in 1956. 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.