Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González Laya visited Saturday the headquarters of the Cervantes Institute (Spanish Cultural Centre) in Cairo as part of her official visit to Egypt.
González Laya started her visit at 3:30pm with greeting those working at the institute, which is currently headed by newly appointed director Javier Ruiz. She then held a quick meeting with president of the Association of Spanish Language Professionals, Nagwa Mahrez, who highlighted the great interest of Egyptians in learning the Spanish language and Spanish culture.
González Laya also met with the dean of the Institute of Performing Arts, affiliated to the Academy of Arts in Alexandria, Nabila Hassan, with whom she talked about the current cultural scene in Egypt.
Finally, Minister González Laya met a group of students studying at the Cervantes Institute, who listed many factors that made them study this language, including the works of great Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.
During her meeting with the institute’s students, González Laya expressed happiness at the great interest of Egyptians for learning the Spanish language, noting that the number of people speaking Spanish reached at the beginning of this year some 585 million people around the world, according to the latest report issued by the Cervantes Institute.