Posted on: Thursday, October 28, 2021 – 12:34 AM | Last update: Thursday, October 28, 2021 – 12:34 AM
Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, said that his book “Witness to War and Peace” was written 8 years ago, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the October victory.
And he continued, during his meeting with the journalist Ahmed Moussa, in a special episode of the “On My Responsibility” program on the “Echo of the Country” channel: “I mentioned in the book all the facts related to war, victory, the peace process and the negotiations that led to it,” noting that Egypt achieved victory through a genius work. And the steel will of President Sadat.
He added, “President Sadat was determined to hand over the land of Egypt free of occupation to future generations of Egyptians,” stressing that Egypt achieved its goal of striking Israel in the October victory, and then the peace process came.
And about the rumors about Egypt’s failure to win the October War, after: “The Egyptian man is moving on his entire land,” noting that during the peace negotiations, Israel wanted to keep Israeli settlers in Egypt, as well as to keep military bases.
He continued, “No way to the Israeli demands, the first. Sadat told them the Egyptian army, and Raya likes to try again.”
He denied the rumors about the Soviet Union setting the date of the war, saying: “The Soviet Union sent a message at the time warning against any military confrontation with Israel, as it would not be in our favor, but President Sadat dismissed the message, and did not tell them that we would go to war.”
Regarding Ashraf Marwan informing Israel of the date of the war, he added: “I don’t know whether he told them or not, but former President Hosni Mubarak told me in the summer of 2018, that President Sadat told him without disclosing details that he (Sadat) was using Ashraf Marwan to deliver words that served Egypt,” noting That General Mohamed Abdel Salam Mahgoub, the former governor of Alexandria, told him when (Abu Al-Gheit) was Minister of Foreign Affairs that he trained Ashraf Marwan to provide him with information during his contacts with Israel.
Aboul Gheit asked: “Why would Ashraf Marwan betray his country, a strong, educated, wealthy person who has everything? Ashraf Marwan was successful by all standards,” adding about the fact that Ashraf Marwan was killed: “It was difficult for him to fall from the high wall.”
He continued, “When the Egyptian ambassador in London informed me of Ashraf Marwan’s death, I remembered that at that time his health was not good, to tell me that he had fallen from the balcony,” noting that Mubarak had ordered an appropriate funeral as soon as he learned the news.