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Egypt National Day

Ambassador Sherif Naguib of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Pretoria and Matildah Mogotsi, Deputy Director General of the SA Department of Arts and Culture

Statement of His Excellency Ambassador Sherif Naguib, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Pretoria on the occasion Of the 63rd Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of the 23rd of July, 1952

23 July 2015

It gives me unique honor and great pleasure to welcome you to the premises of the Egyptian Embassy. Thank you all for coming. Today, we commemorate together the 63rd anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. July 23rd, 1952 was a defining moment in our modern history.

The revolution paved the way ahead adopting a set of comprehensive reforms. Such reforms resulted in fundamental changes in the country’s political, economic and social life.

Significantly, our glorious revolution has entrenched the ties between Egypt and its African sisters. It initiated the Egyptian championship of Liberation Movements across Africa. Cairo was home to numerous African leaders in exile. It provided liberation movements with extensive military and political support.

In addition, Egypt accorded a tangible media and press coverage to the African struggle against colonialism. All these efforts succeeded in keeping the African issue alive in the mindset of all freedom loving peoples across the globe.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Few days ago marked the second anniversary of the Revolution of June 30th, 2013. Although the Revolution has highly flown the flags of freedom, dignity and justice, this year's anniversary was marked by scores of criminal and bloody attempts against the Egyptian judiciary and security forces deployed in North Sinai.

Despite seeking to spark instability as well as chaos, all facts on the ground clearly reveal that terror will never achieve any of its despicable targets. The Egyptian people and government will firmly continue their fight against terrorism.

Egypt will remain a safe haven for investment and tourism. Recent statistics clearly reflect positive economic outlook for 2015.  GDP growth rate has been projected at 3.8% in 2014/15. This continuing growth is driven by the successful outcome of the March Egypt Economic Development Conference which has secured over $ 60 billion worth of investments, loan agreements and grants.

Moreover, economic growth will be further reinforced by prospects of political stability, initiation of mega projects, particularly the twining of the Suez Canal, and improved business environment resulting from major legal and institutional reforms.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

The Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of South Africa are bound with strong and cordial historic relationships. Egypt had strongly backed South Africans in their heroic struggle against Apartheid, by military training and political and diplomatic campaigns at the international arena. Both Egypt and South Africa share a common commitment towards attaining prosperity, dignity and welfare, not only for their citizens but also for all Africans.

I would like to seize this opportunity to reiterate that Egypt perceives its relationship with South Africa as an integrated corner stone of its African policy. It is only by boosting our bilateral relations, and joining efforts that we can benefit the African continent.

I strongly belief that under the leadership of His Excellency President ABDEL FATAH ELSISY and His Excellency President Jacob Zuma the bilateral relations, dialogue and cooperation between our countries will grow stronger.

Such spirit of cooperation has been reaffirmed by both leaders on different occasions and several telephonic consultations.   The recent working visit of His Excellency President Jacob Zuma to Cairo in April 2015 inaugurated a new area of partnership on the bilateral, regional and international levels. The years ahead will definitely witness further significant developments in this regard.

Finally, I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude for the Embassy staff and technical offices for the excellent organization of this event.

A message for the Egyptian compatriots
الأخوة المصريون مرحباً بكم فى السفارة المصرية فى هذا اليوم العزيز والغالي على كل مصري، والذى يتزامن مع الذكرى الثانية لثورة الـ 30 من يونيو بما تمثله نقطة فارقة فى التاريخ المصري المعاصر لاستعدادة أهداف ثورة 25 يناير 2011 من كرامة وحرية وعدالة اجتماعية، ومعاً بكل فخر نتطلع إلى غدٍ مشرق ومصرنا قوية دائماً وقادرة على مواجهة كل التحديات. تمنياتي لكم بالتوفيق جميعاً وخالص شكري لأعضاء السفارة والمكاتب الفنية الذين ساهموا فى الإعداد المتميز لهذه الاحتفالية، والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته.

Thank you

Embassy of Egypt in Pretoria, South Africa



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