Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi asserted, on Monday, Egypt’s keenness to complete the government-led “Decent Life” initiative.
The initiative aims to eliminate the suffering of Egyptians in the countryside, with the President noting that the plan for developing the countryside requires cooperation between the government and society.
During a celebration to mark the 69th anniversary of Police Day, Al-Sisi emphasised that there is a great opportunity for national industries that feed the demands and needs of the Decent Life Initiative.
He directed his message to factory owners in the public and private sectors, adding that Egypt has a significant opportunity to undertake a strong industrial push during the next three years.
Al-Sisi noted that there is a significant improvement in economic indicators despite the repercussions of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has caused major economic and financial difficulties for most emerging economies worldwide.
He also stressed that the Egyptian Rural Development Project is putting into effect the changes needed to improve the lives of nearly 55 million people in Egypt’s countryside.
As the President arrived to attend the celebration marking the 69th anniversary of Police Day, he laid a wreath of flowers at the police martyrs’ memorial.
During the celebration, Al-Sisi honoured a number of police martyrs’ families, and bestowed the Order of Excellence, first and third classes, on model police officers.
In remarks during the celebration, Al-Sisi said that Egyptians celebrate the Police Day every year as a means of asserting national pride. This remains the strong motivation in the nation’s march and its progress towards a better future.
He added that the stable situation in Egypt embodies the collective will of the state and its great people. It is the result of the sacrifices of its police and armed forces personnel who are aware of their responsibility towards their homeland by eliminating violence and terrorism.
President Al-Sisi said that prosperity needs a stable environment and territory, and that today Egypt is fighting a battle that is no less important than confronting terrorism. He noted that the latter reflects a battle of construction to achieve a better future for Egypt’s citizens.
Egypt has moved from the stage of establishing the pillars of state, and has now entered a new stage of construction and development, Al Sisi pointed out.
He said that celebrating Police Day coincides with Egypt’s celebration of the 25 January 2011 Revolution. He asserted that this was led by sincere youth looking for a better future, and that Egypt needs those youth and their sincere efforts to complete the path of reform, construction, and development. This will, in turn, lead to the fulfilment of the hopes of all Egyptians in achieving a bright future.
The Police Day ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly, Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfik, Parliamentary Speaker Hanafi Gebali, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayyeb, Head of the Coptic Christian Church Pope Tawadros II, as well as a number of top state officials.
Meanwhile, Tawfik said that the Egyptian police have been combating all types of crime, and affirmed they were countering criminal groups trafficking in drugs. Further, the minister added that combating terrorism is a human right for people all over the world. After delivering the speech, Minister Tawfik presented President Al-Sisi a gift.
National Police Day marks a battle fought by Egypt’s police forces in 1952 against British occupation forces in Ismailia, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.