Sedki Sobhi, Minister of Defense - File Photo
CAIRO – 29 October 2017: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrived to Suez city on Sunday to attend the procedures of inspection and raise the combat efficiency of the Armed Forces 19th infantry division within the Third Field army.
The event was attended by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Minister of Defense and Military Production Sedki Sobhi, and Chief of the Armed Forces Mohamed Farid Hegazi, in addition to senior army commanders as well as state persons.
In his speech, the Third Field Army Commander Mohamed Raafat al-Dash expressed appreciation for the president’s attendance which will encourage the army to work harder and reach higher levels of efficiency. He also said that preparing the army “requires constant efforts and sincere action to be able to complete the march of our predecessors.”
Dash explained, “We adopted a scientific approach in building our army so that the new generations can continue what previous patriot generations have started.”
Dash added that Egypt’s recent achievements in its fight against terrorism are linked to the glorious victories of October 1973, which created a roadmap to be followed whenever Egypt faces a new challenge.
He added, "The people of Egypt demonstrated that they are moving confidently and steadily towards real development that will create a bright future for the country." Dash also commented that the Armed Forces will continue to defend and protect Egypt’s security.
Also, the Armed Force’s Department of Morale Affairs screened a documentary film titled "The 19th Infantry Division," which reviews the historical development of the division within the Third Field Army.