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US first lady says Egypt's pyramids a 'historical treasure'

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Oct 2018
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U.S. first lady Melania Trump tours the pyramids of Egypt in Cairo, Egypt, October 6, 2018. REUTERS
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During an official visit to Egypt, US first lady Melania Trump described the Pyramids of Giza as a "historical treasure," highlighting the importance of preserving historical sites, a statement by the White House said.

In an official statement relayed by the US Embassy in Cairo on Sunday, the White House said that Mrs Trump visited a few of Egypt’s many cultural sites, including the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

While there, she also received a briefing about USAID’s Water Table Reduction Project at the base of the Sphinx, according to the statement.

“It was a nice opportunity to see the pyramids in person, which are truly a historical treasure. We must always do our best to preserve such important historical sites, and I was so pleased to learn of the work that USAID has done to help with preservation efforts at the base of the Sphinx,” she said.

Ahead of her visit to the Giza Plateau, Mrs Trump was received by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his spouse Entissar Amer El-Sisi, where the US first lady discussed “her focus and goals of supporting children all over the world in order to ensure future generations have every opportunity to grow up and contribute to society in meaningful and positive ways.”

According to a statement by the Egyptian presidency on Saturday, El-Sisi expressed to Mrs Trump Egypt’s keenness on boosting the special strategic partnership between the two countries.

El-Sisi praised the ongoing bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially USAID funding projects in health, education and tourism in support of Egypt’s efforts in economic and social reform to achieve sustainable and comprehensive development.

Before arriving in Egypt, Mrs Trump travelled to Kenya, Malawi and Ghana, where she focused on promoting her signature issue of advocating for children, with stops at a hospital, primary school, and an orphanage, Reuters reported.

The US first lady's tour in Africa has been part of her BE BEST initiative, which focuses on improving the lives of children.

BE BEST is a public awareness campaign focusing on the wellbeing of young people and advocating against cyber bullying and drug use, according to the BE BEST website.

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