The Head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II on Monday 20 September, 2021. Photo courtesy of Coptic church spokesman Facebook page.
Head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II mourned the passing of former defence minister Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawy on Tuesday.
The pope said that Tantawy “served his country faithfully in all the positions he held and was part of the ranks of the Armed Forces during the Tripartite Aggression, the War of Attrition, the glorious victory in the 6 October War, and the Gulf War.”
"He served as defence minister for 20 years, during which he contributed to the development of the capacities of the Armed Forces, and he was part of the country's leadership in critical times."
The church extended its condolences to the leadership and personnel of the Armed Forces, the members of Tantawy’s family, and his students.
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced on Tuesday that Egypt has declared a state of official mourning for the death of Field Marshal Tantawy.
Earlier today, the Egyptian Presidency mourned in a statement the death of the former defence minister.
"Egypt lost Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawy, the former general commander of the Armed Forces and minister of defence and military production, who was one of its most loyal sons and a military symbol who had served his country for more than 50 years," read a presidential statement.
"Tantawy was one of the heroes of the glorious October War, who contributed to the making of the greatest acts of heroism ... and a statesman who ran the country in a most difficult time, confronting with wisdom the dangers that surrounded Egypt," the statement added.