Egypt and France discuss methods of cooperation in tourism, antiques

Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anani met with a French delegation to discuss the modalities of cooperation between the two countries in the fields of tourism and antiques.

The delegation included: the French Ambassador to Cairo Stéphane Romatet; French cultural advisor Jamel Oubechou; Yannick Lintz, director of the Islamic arts department at the Louvre museum.

The meeting took place in the presence of: Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities; Moamen Othman, head of the museums sector at the ministry; and Mamdouh Othman, director of the Museum of Islamic Art.

El-Anani stressed the depth of Egyptian-French relations, as the two countries have extensive historical relations and fruitful cooperation in many areas, including tourism and antiques.

The meeting addressed a number of important issues to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism and antiques, and push the tourist movement from France to Egypt.

This would come in particular with the gradual opening up of tourism and travel on a global scale, and the continuation of the vaccination of citizens against the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

These measures take into account Egypt’s position as a preferred travel destination for French tourists, due to the country’s unique attractions, such as natural landscapes, beautiful beaches and unique monuments.

During the meeting, the two sides also discussed the possibility of holding a number of cultural celebrations between the two countries during 2022. This would include celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the decryption of the Rosetta Stone, work largely undertaken by the French orientalist Jean-François Champollion.

This would also see the establishment of an archaeological exhibition, in cooperation between the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo and the Louvre Museum in Paris. These exhibits would feature a number of objects from the Islamic era from the two museums.

The meeting also aimed to discuss the possibility of exchanging experiences and mechanisms to provide technical support within the agencies of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in the field of museums and archaeological sites. This is in addition to cooperation agreements to train archaeologists, restorers and curators in various museums.

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