Culture minister Ines Abdel-Dayem with Ruth Cocks, Cathy Costin, and Reham Boutros from the British Council (photo by Abdel-Hay Mokhtar)
A few days ago, Abdel-Dayem met with a delegation from the British Council, including Deputy Director of the British Council Ruth Cocks, Head of the Arts Department at the Council Cathy Costain, and Director of the Arts Programme Reham Boutros.
During the meeting, the minister received the official invitation to participate in the conference.
The official invitation was directed to Egypt on behalf of the Scottish Parliament, the UK’s government, and the Scottish government to participate in the activities of the sixth edition of the conference that will be held in the Scottish Parliament.
Abdel-Dayem stressed that the invitation confirms Egypt’s cultural value regionally and internationally, indicating that it is the first official participation of the culture ministry in this conference, noting that the meeting dealt with cooperation between the two sides through many future cultural and artistic projects.
She added that the participating delegation will reflect the multiple facets of the distinctive cultural heritage of the oldest human civilisation.
“Egypt’s soft power is one of its bridges of communication with the rest of the societies of the world,” the minister explained, noting that the conference comes before Egypt’s hosting of the UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change that will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Conference this November.
The members of the British delegation expressed their satisfaction with the Egyptian participation in the conference along with 35 countries from different continents and announced their desire for the minister to head the participating Egyptian delegation.