Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi directed the armed forces to continue to maintain the highest levels of readiness and combat readiness, to carry out any tasks entrusted to them with the aim of protecting Egypt’s national security.
Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement that al Sisi met on Wednesday with the commander of the Second Field Army, the head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority, and the Armed Forces Financial Affairs Authority.
During the meeting, al Sisi directed “to continue to maintain competence and the highest levels of readiness and combat readiness to carry out any tasks entrusted to members of the armed forces to protect Egypt’s national security, in light of the current challenges in the region”.
The Egyptian President praised the “great capacity that the Egyptian Armed Forces enjoy in all branches, specializations, and armament systems”.
This speech is not the first of its kind during the past few months, as al Sisi previously mentioned the strength of the Egyptian army on more than one occasion.
Last June, al Sisi stated that “the readiness of the Egyptian forces to fight has become a necessary matter,” as part of his review of the Libyan crisis.
al Sisi spoke at the time while inspecting the elements of the Western Military Region, adjacent to the Libyan border, in the presence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces and the leaders of the main branches of the armed forces.
The Egyptian President stressed that “Egypt is keen to reach a comprehensive settlement in Libya,” and that it is keen “on the sovereignty and unity of the Libyan territories,” and said that “any direct Egyptian intervention in Libya has become legitimate”.