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Egyptian military Commander in Chief: our security depends on our fighting readiness

February 16, 2014 at 5:18 am

Egypt’s Minister of Defence and Military Production and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, has asserted that the armed forces will continue to work to fulfil the sacred mission they are entrusted with, which is to protect the nation and preserve the gains of its great people.

During a meeting with officers and soldiers from the Air Force, Al-Sisi praised the heroic role played by the men of the Egyptian second and third field armies in securing the cities of Ismailiya, Port Said, Suez and the installations and vital points within these cities including the Suez Canal. He also praised their efforts toward preserving public and private property and in securing the various borders of the state, particularly with regard to the security situation and stability in the Sinai. Al-Sisi stressed that the Egyptian people appreciate the role of the Armed Forces in carrying out of their national duties.

He also praised the excellent performance, courage and dedication of Air Force personnel in protecting the skies of Egypt and securing its airspace.

He stressed that the General Command of the Armed Forces is keen to build and develop the combat capability of the Air Force and equip it with the latest aircrafts, air fighting weapons and technical security systems.

General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi called on commanders and officers at all levels to provide all capabilities toward the training and rehabilitation of newly recruited soldiers as they constitute the mainstay of the armed forces. He stressed the need to maintain the highest levels of training and combat readiness, to prepare and qualify pilots and technicians at levels commensurate with the latest systems and methods of air combat and to pursue scientific knowledge in order to keep up with the latest global arms and training systems.

Al-Sisi held a dialogue with army leaders and officers during which he listened to their views and inquiries on various issues. He asked them to maintain their weapons and equipment and to work to develop and raise their efficiency and performance rates. He also demanded that they show dedication and loyalty in the performance of their duties and maintain high morale by holding regular meetings between leaders and their subordinates to achieve constant communication and unify concepts.

The meeting was attended by the Army General Sidqi Subhi, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, and a number of senior commanders in the Armed Forces.