Virtual Celebration of Egypt’s 48th Anniversary of the Glorious October War Victories

On Wednesday, October 6th, 2021, Egypt Defense Office in South Africa held a virtual celebration on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the glorious victory of the Egyptian Armed Forces in October war 1973.

The Virtual occasion was organised by the Egyptian Defense Attaché in Pretoria, Dean of Military Attachés & Advisory Corps (MAAC), Brigadier-General Mohamed Harb, with the participation of: the Egyptian Ambassador to South Africa, Ahmed El Fadly, Chief of Staff of South Africa National Defense Force (SANDF) Lieutenant-General Lindile Yam, on behalf of Chief of SANDF, General Rudzani Maphwanya, members of MAAC, representatives of Al-Azhar as well as the Egyptian Church in South Africa, and figures and members of the Egyptian community in South Africa.

During the virtual celebration, the Chief of Staff of SANDF noted that the October 6th victory is a reflection of Egyptian belief in their ability to achieve anything they put their mind into, which can be seen today in the growing of the Egyptian economy. He also indicated that the integration of the Egyptian defense industries with other countries’ defense industries shows the stability and the future of not only the defense industries but also the stability of the country. “The Egyptian armed forces’ ability to move with speed and agility gives other countries’ defense forces, including South Africa a lesson learned in the possibility of rapid development and growth despite going through many wars which the Egyptian army always returns with pride and victory,” Lieutenant-General Lindile Yam said. He assured that the participation in the occasion is a celebration of Armed Forces that meets the aspirations of the people who are proud of their achievements.

The Egyptian Defense Attaché, Dean of MAAC, Brigadier-General Mohamed Harb, congratulated the Egyptian people for the occasion. He also congratulated the Arab world for all its sacrifices in defending the right to liberate the land. “The 6th of October Victory was achieved during a difficult period. Egyptians overcame many challenges by holding values of sacrifice and discipline.” Brigadier-General Harb said. “ Today, the great Egyptian people, with the support of their Armed Forces, are rewriting history and overcoming the present challenges such as, fighting terrorism and extremist ideology, Economic and Social challenges as well as upholding the principle of citizenship regardless of religion, through the declaration of the Second Republic in Egypt,” Harb added.

Egypt Defense Attaché highlighted many economic indicators and achievements including, the construction of the New Suez Canal, the diversification of energy sources in renewable energy projects, the establishment of new cities, the construction of the biggest road network in Egypt’s history, in addition to social housing projects, the presidential initiative ‘A Dignified Life’, the comprehensive health insurance, the elimination of Hepatitis C virus, the Education development and most recently the Launching of the National Strategy for Human Rights.

Brigadier General Mohammed Harb emphasized on the Egyptian armed forces’ keenness to strengthen ties of cooperation with the South African Defense Forces. “Military Cooperation between Egypt and South Africa serves not only the peoples of the two countries but also the people of Africa. It achieves the desired peace and prosperity for the people of Africa and the people around the world.” Harb said, “having a strong army by developing its capabilities and defense industries as well as cooperating with other countries, preserves the destiny of the people and defend the country against any threats. It is the result of the exerted efforts by a wise rational political leadership that is aware of local, regional and international challenges facing Egypt.” Harb said.

Watch the speech:

by Ayman Walash, Counselor - Head of the Press & Information Office, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Pretoria, South Africa