Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Yasser Reda hosted a dinner on Capitol Hill commemorating the 40th anniversary of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem and his speech to the Israeli Knesset, which laid the foundation for peace between Egypt and Israel. Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer delivered remarks in which he referenced the other Arab diplomats in attendance who have yet to recognize Israel but may be inspired by Sadat.
Other speakers and participants included Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt David Welch, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Habib Powell. The Former First Lady of the Arab Republic of Egypt and President Sadat’s widow, Mrs. Jehan Sadat, made the keynote address. She referenced the legislation introduced in Congress by Rep. Chris Stewart and Rep. Grace Meng to award President Sadat with the Congressional Gold Medal to honor the aforementioned anniversary and the upcoming centennial of Sadat’s birth in 2018.
The Congressional Gold Medal effort is being coordinated by a committee, headed by Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group, whose members, including U.S. Chair Isaac Dabah and International Chair Shafik Gabr, participated in a private meeting with Mrs. Sadat prior to the reception.