Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended on Thursday the celebration held at the police Academy to mark the 68th anniversary of Police Day.
Upon his arrival, Sisi laid a wreath of flowers at police martyrs’ memorial.
Moreover, he chaired a meeting of the supreme council of police, according to the presidency spokesman, Ambassador Bassam Rady.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik, Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdul Aal, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed El-Tayyeb, Pope Tawadros II, as well as a galaxy of top state officials.
The ceremony began with the recitation of verses of the Holy Quran.
President Sisi witnessed a documentary film on the police forces’ heroism throughout history, foremost of which 1952 Ismailia battle in which police and volunteers of the city residents firmly stood against the British occupation forces, refused to surrender and fought a fateful battle.
Then, the Egyptian President honored a number of police martyrs’ families and idol police officers.
Moreover, he gave a word before the gathering saying that January 25 of 1952 is a remarkable day in Egypt’s history, as it embodied the epic of brave police officers who sacrificed themselves for the sake of their homeland.
He also noted that this battle will remain engraved in the conscience and memory of the successive generations of this esteemed national body.
Meanwhile, Sisi paid tribute to Egyptian women, men and its promising youth.” Egypt’s future will only be built by its people.”
He also added that the Egyptian people are patient and has endured unprecedented hard economic measures, yet they are moving in their path, raising the slogan of “To be or not to be”, noting that the whole world saw how Egypt turned in a few years into an oasis of security and stability.
Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfek also addressed the ceremony and talked about the challenges and hardships Egypt faced under the leadership of President Sisi.
“We have succeeded in developing security performance, and facing criminal offenses through using modern technologies,” Tawfek confirmed.
He added that Ismailia battle in 1952 embodied the value of the sacrifices and the epic of Egyptian police officers’ struggle.
At the end of the ceremony, the national anthem was played.