Stewart-Meng Legislation Honoring Anwar Sadat Passes the House
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-New York) bipartisan legislation, the Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act, was passed by the House of Representatives. This legislation honors the late president of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, with a Congressional Gold Medal. The legislation is passed days after the 40th anniversary of the Camp David Accords, September 17th.
President Sadat made a historic visit to Israel in 1977, the first Arab leader to do so. This began the foundation of peace between Egypt and Israel. This visit was all the more courageous given the opposition and outrage he faced at the time.
“President Anwar Sadat truly embodied the statesmanship and fortitude necessary to bring peace to the Middle East. His shining example of putting aside our differences and working towards peace is just as important today as it was during his tenure as President of Egypt.” – Rep. Chris Stewart
“The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress and awarding it to the late Egyptian President would be a fitting tribute to the historic contributions he made to peace in the Middle East. Anwar Sadat’s pioneering vision, leadership and courage led him to become the first Arab leader to visit and recognize Israel, and posthumously awarding him with this medal will ensure that Congress rightly honors his legacy and achievements. I thank Congressman Stewart for partnering with me on this legislation and I thank Senators Cardin and Hatch for sponsoring the bill in the Senate.” – Rep. Grace Meng
“With another milestone achieved in the passage of this immensely important legislation, I would like to thank Representative Chris Stewart and Representative Grace Meng for introducing the legislation to the House of Representatives and for ensuring its passage. Anwar Sadat was a man of vision, wisdom, courage, and above all a staunch believer in peace. He serves as an example to all of us, and most importantly reminds us of the power of nations coming together and working towards the same goal. On the 40th anniversary of signing the Camp David Accords and the centennial of Anwar Sadat's birth, there has never been a more fitting moment to give the late President Sadat the recognition he deserves, and I am appreciative of the US House of Representatives for recognizing this great man, and the values for which he stood.” – Shafik Gabr, International Chairman of the Sadat Gold Medal Commission
“Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Anwar Sadat for his courageous leadership will introduce President Sadat to a new generation of Americans and give us hope for peace for the future.” – Ezra Friedlander, co-chairman of the Anwar Sadat Committee
For a video of Congressman Stewart’s remarks on the House Floor, click here.