Sisi says Egypt keen on developing relations with UNESCO

Ahram Online , MENA , Monday 5 Apr 2021

The president made his remarks at a meeting with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi with the UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay , tourism minister Khaled El-Enani and culture minister Ines Abdel-Dayem during the meeting. (Photo couresy of the Egyptian Presidency)

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Sunday that Egypt attaches great importance to developing relations with the UNESCO, lauding the organisation's efforts in supporting the country in various fields.

The president made his remarks at a meeting with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, in the presence of Minister of Tourism Khaled El-Enani and Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem, according to a statement released by Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady.

Azoulay was on a three-day visit to Egypt, during which she attended the Golden Parade to relocate 22 royal mummies from their decades-long residence in the Egyptian Museum in Al-Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.

El-Sisi highlighted during the meeting Egypt's efforts over the past years to achieve a qualitative boost in protecting Egyptian heritage and civilisation.

These efforts include developing and establishing museums to showcase the largest number of artifacts possible.

El-Sisi underscored Egypt’s efforts to restore the efficiency of tourist sites and attractions, according to Rady.

He also highlighted efforts to modernise legislation regulating the antiquities sector in Egypt in order to protect Egyptian antiquities and make sure they are shown to the world in the best form that befits Egyptian civilisation.

The president lauded the continued support provided by the UNESCO for regional and international communities in the fields of education, culture, and science.

Azoulay, for her part, lauded the grand procession to relocate the royal mummies, saying the event represented a message to the whole world, which presented Egyptian heritage over different ages, Rady cited Azoulay as saying.

She added that the event highlighted Egypt’s efforts, under El-Sisi, to preserve Egypt's cultural and archaeological heritage and introduce it to humanity as an original part of international heritage.

Azoulay said the UNESCO is also keen on developing relations with Egypt to safeguard Egyptian monuments in the Nubia region in Upper Egypt.

Rady said the meeting reviewed current and future cooperation frameworks between Egypt and the UNESCO, especially in the fields of education and science.

El-Sisi and Azoulay also considered means to enhance the role of the UNESCO’s office in Cairo.

The meeting also discussed means to back Egyptian efforts, which aim to achieve optimal use of Egyptian cultural and historical heritage, especially through establishing huge projects in accordance with the best construction and engineering standards.

These projects include developing historic Cairo and establishing museums, foremost of which the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza.

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