Ambassador Dr.Ezzat Saad at The Ceremonial Celebration of “The Russian Statesman and Academician, Yevgeny Primakov”
At the invitation of the Russian Embassy in Cairo, Ambassador Dr.Ezzat saad, Director of the Council, took part in the ceremonial unveiling of the bust of the Russian statesman and academician Yevgeny Primakov on October 14th , 2018. During his intervention; His Excellency mentioned that he came to know the late academician Yevgeny Primakov, at the beginning of his work as Ambassador of Egypt to the Russian Federation, in the winter of 2016, at the kind invitation of a common friend, Journalist Samy Emara. His friendship with Primakov was an extension to years of working in Moscow and working closely with him, whether within the framework of his initiative “ The Russia- Islamic World Strategic Vision Group” or as President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.
He said that Late Primakov represented the voice of the Middle east, particularly the Arab Region, in Russia; as he was the person who was most able to know the regional issues, orientations of events, and policies therein, from an objective perspective consistently caring for the common interests of those states with his country, Russia.
The Late academician wrote numerous books on the region and its issues, representing a key reference for those who would like to stand over the region’s problems, including:
“The Middle east: the known and the hidden”, or “The Middle East on stage, and behind the scenes”, “Years in major politics”, “Egypt in the age of President Abdel-Nasser”, “Anatomy of the Middle East Conflict”, “The World without Russia”, “The world after 11 September and Invasion of Iraq”, “The East after the collapse of the colonial system”, and others.
Primakov was keen, in his book “The Middle East on stage and behind the scenes” whose First edition appeared in 2006 under the title of “The Middle east: the known and the hidden”, before the publication of many further editions in several Arab Capitals, to review the events of the past through what is somewhat similar to commandments by which he aimed to rationalize present time steps for seeking a better future for his country and the world. This emerged from the cumulative experience and the lessons gained over several centuries since the Sixties of last century which has witnessed the beginning of his association with the region as a correspondent for the Pravda news paper that represented the mouthpiece of the Soviet Communist Party in Cairo; the City within which he came to be linked to the most important political symbols in Egypt and the Arab World.
Observers cited the extremely influential role primakov had in saving the most important State Institutions after the collapse of the Soviet Union as he accepted Presidency of the Foreign Intelligence Service during the early 1990’s of the last century before moving, in 1996, to the Russian foreign Ministry which was on the verge of collapse after the successive resignations of many of its most prominent stars in protest against the policies of Primakov’s predecessor, Andrei Kozyrev. And once more, Primacov answered the Nation’s Call by accepting the Premiership in very difficult circumstances at the time of the culmination of the Global Financial Crisis in 1998 and the State Duma Parliamentary Community rejection of President Yeltsin’s nomination of Chernomyrdin for Premiership once more.