“It’s a tradition that strengthens our bilateral relations,” says Min. Shoniyin
Liberia yesterday joined the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt to celebrate that country’s National Day on June 25, at a program held at the residence of Egyptian Ambassador, Alaa Issa in Monrovia.
It is celebrated every July 23rd to remember the same day in 1952 when the Arab Republic was first formulated after the overthrow of the monarchy. It is an important annual national holiday for the country to remember hard-fought battles to reclaim its freedom, and the successful end of the revolution by completely abolishing the constitutional monarchy.
B. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, said the celebration of Egypt’s National Day has become a tradition in Liberia and strengthens both countries’ mutual relations.
This was after Ambassador Issa had said the celebration did not require speeches; but briefly, he welcomed members of the diplomatic corps, including US Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Christine Elder.
Other Liberian government officials present were Defense Minister Daniel Dee Ziakhan, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Musa Dean, and Finance Minister Samuel Tweah.
There were also members of the diplomatic corps, members of the business community and friends of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Egypt’s National Day is also known as Revolution Day, and it is a public holiday celebrated in that country to commemorate the military coup of July 23, 1952, that led to the end of the monarchy and the establishment of an independent republic.
According to an Egyptian Embassy official, the coup was carried out by a clandestine group called the Free Officers, led by General Muḥammad Naguib. They were ex-army officers established by Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1949 to plan a coup against the government of King Farouk.
They successfully overthrew the king in 1952 and installed a more democratic government noted for the institution of major land reforms that sought to recover the lands held by the country’s elite and redistribute them among the poor; the acceleration of industrialization in the country, a somewhat successful campaign against corruption, and the advancement of women’s rights, including the right to vote.
The Embassy official told the Daily Observer that though the day of the celebration is July 23, it can be celebrated at the time selected by the Embassy, which was done yesterday, June 25.
In Egypt itself, the people all over the country celebrate this day every year by having national parades, musical and dance performances in the country’s capital, Cairo, and also by singing patriotic songs. The constitution of the country also comes together to delegate international treaties and extend their relationship with other countries of the world, discuss the country’s performance, progress and peace on this day.
To officially honor the day, the Egyptian President issues a public statement praising the revolution, and there is a celebration staged by the minister of defense.