Last week, US Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) helped introduce legislation that would award the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress.
“Anwar Sadat was an extraordinary leader, visionary, and peacemaker who as President of Egypt became the first Arab leader to visit and recognize Israel,” said Meng. “Awarding him with the Congressional Gold Medal would be an outstanding way to honor the enduring legacy he left behind, and pay tribute to his courage, and the contributions he made to peace in the Middle East. I’m proud to help introduce this bill, and I urge the House and Senate to pass it.”
The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), is entitled the Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act, since next year will mark what would have been Sadat’s 100th birthday.
In addition, a Senate version has been introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ben Cardin (D-MD).
Sadat was critical to creating a lasting peace between Israel and Egypt. Following 1978’s Camp David Accords, Sadat signed a peace treaty with then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in 1979. His efforts won him the Nobel Peace Prize.