28 Jan. - 3 Feb. 1999
Issue No. 414
|Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875|
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Police celebrationsEGYPT will enter the 21st century with a comprehensive vision of the future and a determination to face new challenges, President Hosni Mubarak told a gathering of state officials and police officers at a Police Day ceremony held on Monday at the Police Academy in Abbasiya.
Mubarak praised the performance of the security forces in combating terrorism and other crimes. "Celebrating this day marks a renewal of the nation's confidence in the sincere commitment of the police forces to ensure stability for citizens, no matter what the sacrifices may be," he said.
Mubarak said the police served the people's interests and defended their security and rights against people who thrive on crime.
He acknowledged that the police would not have been able to achieve this "great success" without the cooperation of citizens in the fight against illegal groups.
Mubarak also called on the international community to step up efforts to "encircle terrorism, which is a worldwide phenomenon, and dry up the financial resources of terrorists and uncover their plans."
He defined security and stability as the preconditions for the prosperity of any society. "Egypt's success in increasing the rate of investment and development is due to its success in preserving its security and stability, thanks to an alert national police force, which is committed to the provisions of law and the homeland's supreme interests," Mubarak said.
He added that Egyptians acknowledge the valuable work the police have done for the country. "If the police's dealings with the outlaws exposes them sometimes to false charges, this will not undermine their role in the eyes of citizens," he said.
Addressing the same ceremony, Interior Minister Habib El-Adli pledged to continue police efforts to ensure the security and stability of every Egyptian citizen.
He noted that regional and international cooperation in the war against terrorism was more effective than it had ever been and said Arab interior ministers will meet in Jordan next week to activate an Arab anti-terrorism treaty signed last April.