In a statement issued by the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), of which Ahram Online has received a copy, SCA’s secretary general Mostafa Amin denies any statements being spread on Facebook and Twitter that he is against the re-establishment of the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA), and describes the claims as unfounded.
“These are rumours spread by my opponents or by those who want to disturb the water between me and the new minister,” Amin told Ahram Online. He added that he is very happy that the cabinet has finally met the archaeologists’ demand to have a ministry of their own. He is also happy to nominate Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, Professor of Archaeology at the Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University, to hold Egypt’s antiquities portfolio.
“The re-establishment of the Ministry of State for Antiquities doesn’t controvert the existence of the Supreme Council of Antiquties and its secretary general; each has its own work and job to protect and preserve Egypt’s heritage,” Amin asserted. He also called on all Egyptologists and archaeologists in Egypt to protect Egypt’s heritage and stand against any rumour that could create a negative attitude between antiquities’ top officials and the new minister.