US embassy in Cairo mourns death of Jihan El Sadat, Egypt's former first lady

US embassy in Cairo mourns mourns death of Jihane El Sadat, Egypt's former first lady Fri, Jul. 9, 2021
CAIRO – 9 July 2021: U.S. Embassy in Cairo mourned on Friday the death of Jihan El Sadat the widow of former President Anwar El-Sadat, hailing her as a "a fierce advocate of peace, integrity, human rights, justice, tolerance, and love."

"The Embassy community extends deepest condolences to the Sadat family and the people of Egypt on the passing of the beloved former First Lady Jihan Sadat, a fierce advocate of peace, integrity, human rights, justice, tolerance, and love," it posted on its twitter account.

Jihan El-Sadat, who suffered from cancer, died on Friday after struggle with illness and after she spent around a month in the intensive care unit.

Egypt’s Presidency mourned the death of Jihan El-Sadat, 88. President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered awarding her the Order of the Virtues.

Sisi also ordered naming a road axis after her.

“The Egyptian Presidency mourns with deep sadness and sorrow Mrs. Jihan El-Sadat, the wife of the late President Anwar El-Sadat, the war and peace hero,” the presidential statement read.

Jihan El-Sadat had introduced “a model for the Egyptian woman supporting her husband under the most difficult and critical circumstances until he held the country to achieve the historic victory in the glorious October War,” the statement read.

It added that this victory has been “a milestone in the modern history of Egypt, which restored its pride and dignity”.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a cable of condolences to Sisi over the death of El-Sadat.

Jihan El-Sadat has backed her husband in his heroics in war and peace and in achieving the glorious victory in the October War of 1973, Abbas said, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Abbas extended his condolences to the Egyptian government and people over the Jihan El-Sadat’s death as well as to family of the deceased.