France's Macron visits Egypt's Abu Simbel Temple

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Jan 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) visits the temple of Abu Simbel in southern Egypt on January 27, 2019. - Macron's three-day trip to Egypt comes as "Yellow Vest" protests against his policies continue to be held on the streets in France AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived on Sunday afternoon to Abu Simbel Temple in Egypt's Aswan governorate; his first stop in an official three-day visit to Egypt.

Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anani, Tourism Minister Rania El-Mashat and Aswan Governor Ahmed Ibrahim received the French president, French first lady Bridgette Macron, and an accompanying delegation at Aswan airport.

French president Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte visit the temple of Abu Simbel in southern Egypt on January 27, 2019 AFP

In the 1960s, France was among a number of countries that helped Egypt transfer Abu Simbel Temple from its original location to its current site to save it getting submerged by the reservoir of the Aswan Dam.

Macron's visit to Egypt is his first since assuming office in 2017.

El-Sisi visited Paris in October 2017, where he met with Macron and discussed joint efforts to combat terrorism, the Middle East peace process, the situation in Libya, and issues related to bilateral cooperation.

Macron's visit also coincides with the start of 'France-Egypt 2019,' which was launched earlier this year by Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his French counterpart to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal.

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