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Sisi witnesses 30th Cultural Symposium of Armed Forces on Martyr's Day

Sunday، 10 March 2019 - 03:07 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Sunday 10/3/2019 witnessed the 30th Cultural Symposium of the Armed Forces on the occasion of the Martyr's Day at Al Manara International Conference Center in the 5th Settlement district in New Cairo neighborhood.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki, House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and a number of ministers and senior state officials are attending the event.

Every year, the Armed Forces celebrate the "Veteran Warrior and Martyr's Day" on March 9, the day that witnessed the death of Lieutenant General Abdel-Moneim Riad who, along with several of his aides, were targeted by an Israeli mortar attack on March 9, 1969 during the War of Attrition (1967- 1970) between the Arabs and Israel.

The symposium started by reciting verses of the Holy Quran.

Then, a documentary film was screened under the title of "Martyr's Salute".

Addressing the event, Minister of Awqaf Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa asserted that real martyrs are the ones who are defending their nations and sacrificing their lives for the sake of their homeland.

The world should understand well the actual meaning of martyrdom, the minister said, adding that terrorist groups are utilizing the Islamic texts about martyrdom to justify their criminal acts. Such terrorists are killing and slaughtering and defaming Islam by their heinous acts, he added.

Meanwhile, Minister of Awqaf Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa noted that it is a duty of Muslims to strongly defend their homeland, adding that the Islamic belief and Prophet Muhammad's Sunnah support maintaining the security and stability of nations.

He saluted the Armed Forces and police troops for all their precious sacrifices for the sake of preserving the nation's soil and serving humanity and peace.

Gomaa also pressed the need for taking good care of the martyrs' families and fulfilling to show real and genuine appreciation for their sacrifice.

He greeted President Sisi for the all-out reforms he has made to create a better life for Egyptians.

Speaking to attendees, Head of the Cultural and Media Committee at the House of Representatives Osama Heikal saluted the Armed Forces for not letting up on its commitment to remember and honor members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

He highlighted the importance of increasing awareness of the Egyptian society in order to fight any destructive thoughts that contradict the values and ethics of our society.

Population increase and cultural differences among the society's various social categories are impeding the raising of awareness which is a real threat for the state's national security, Heikal added.

Education is a basic cornerstone for increasing awareness, he said, asserting that it is a major industry that could create citizens who are capable of differentiating between right and wrong and taking right decisions in order to secure the nation's future.

Head of the Cultural and Media Committee at the House of Representatives Osama Heikal warned against the seriousness of social media networks which are used by around 4 billion people around the world, sounding the alarm against their negative impact on the life of people and exploiting them to deceive the public opinion.

The expansion in the use of internet is a mixed blessing for it has positive as well as negative sides that is why people have to know how to use it well to their own benefit and advantage and beware of its dangers and harmful effect on their life and values, he said.

He held the Egyptian families, schools and universities responsible for protecting the new generations from the bad impact of online networks, asserting that increasing social awareness is a main way for fighting extremism and terrorism as well as protecting the Egyptian national security.

Then, a documentary film titled "A message from a Martyr" was displayed at the educational symposium, depicting the personal characteristics and traits of the martyrs and the missions they have fulfilled in their lives till they died in the line of duty.

The film included recorded words by the fathers, mothers and wives of some martyrs of the Armed Forces.

Sisi honored a mother of two army martyrs who was born in Minufiya and aged 105 years.

Then, he listened to a word by wife of Colonel Mostafa el Watidi whom she described as an extraordinary model of a dedicated army serviceman with high values and decent ethics.

Families of several martyrs were also honored at the Armed Forces cultural symposium.

Afterwards, Brigadier General Ahmed Moussa Ghanam and his Brother Brigadier General Mahmoud Moussa Ghanam addressed the attendees at the Armed Forces symposium, asserting that they have been raised up by their mother on the love of their country as their father was a fighter in the War of Attrition and the 6th of October War.

Speaking about Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018, Ahmed Ghanam said the aim of the operation is to deter whoever dares to assault Egypt's territories.

Mahmoud Ghanam said the martyrdom of their colleague Ahmed el Darderiri was a turning point in the launching of Sinai 2018 operations.

The two brothers extended their salute to all the army personnel and saluted President Sisi at the end of their word.

The symposium, also, witnessed a poem recitation by a child from Suez city about the greatness and status of martyrs.

Afterwards, President Sisi shook hands with the child and kissed him, extending his greetings to the residents of Suez.

A number of famed Egyptian singers performed a musical at the end of the event.

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