Egypt’s Defense Minister and army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi claimed he was approached in a dream by the late president Anwar Sadat, and was told by Sadat he’d rule the country some day.

In a leaked recording of an interview between the Egyptian defense minister and a reporter for Egypt daily Al-Masry al-Youm, el-Sissi, who oversaw the ousting of Egypt’s Islamist president in the summer, can be heard recounting his fantastical conversation with the late president. Sadat, who signed the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in 1979, was assassinated in 1981.

El-Sissi also recalled another dream in which he envisioned himself holding a sword with the words “there is no God but Allah,” inscribed in red on its handle.

The interview, which was originally published in October, omitted the peculiar comments attributed to el-Sissi.

Egypt’s military, at the oversight of el-Sissi, ousted president Mohammed Morsi in July.

A constitutional panel, dominated by secularists, has been working on changes to the country’s constitution as part of a military-backed timeline for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held early next year.

El-Sissi has not ruled out running for president, and a large following is urging him to nominate himself.