July 23 every year is celebrated as Revolution Day in Egypt. It commemorates the day in 1952 when the Egyptian Revolution was carried out by the Free Officers Movement led by Gamal Abdel Nasser and Muhammad Naguib which forced King Farouk to step down and paved the way for Egypt to become a republic after a year. Revolution Day in Egypt is marked with military parades, political speeches, concerts, and celebrations around the country.
The biggest celebration takes place in Cairo, the country’s capital. The day is marked with parades, singing of patriotic songs, prominent display of the Egyptian flag, and other events that draw thousands of locals and tourists. In Cairo, there is a popular bazaar called the Khan el Khalili, which is built on the site of the mausoleum of the Fatimid caliphs. It showcases a genuine piece of history, that reminds the spectator of the era of kings. The capital city also boasts of the Al Azhar Park, which has an immense network of gardens, a restored 12th-century Ayyubid wall, and a 14th-century mosque, among other interesting features. The Martyrs Memorial in Port Said serves as a remembrance of those who died during the 1956 Suez Crisis. Apart from these, Egypt is blessed with many ancient wonders that have become favorite tourist destinations.
Egypt is located in the continent of Africa. It shares land borders with Libya, Sudan, Israel, and Palestine. The Greek historian Herodotus called Egypt “The Gift of the Nile,” for along that life-giving river, the ancient Egyptians built their amazing civilization.
Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Egypt started on March 3, 1946. The Treaty of Friendship between the two countries, which formally established the ties between them, was signed on January 18, 1955. Since its opening in the 1960s until the mid-1970s, the Philippine Embassy in Cairo was the only Philippine Foreign Service Post in the Arab and African region.
Egypt has been among the Philippines’ most valued trading partners in Africa. Bilateral trade between the Philippines and Egypt reached around US$17.656 million in 2014. To expand economic as well as political links with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Egypt acceded to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) in 2016.
Numerous agreements between the Philippines and Egypt have pledged close cooperation on culture, education, and tourism. There are some 4,500 Filipinos living and working in Egypt, and Egypt has routinely assisted in ensuring their safety, especially in times of crisis. The two countries have also often concurred on issues of common concern, particularly on terrorism and religious radicalization, as well as on adherence to the rule of law and peaceful settlement of disputes.
We greet the People and Government of Egypt led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the occasion of its National Day.
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