Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem met with the French Senate Parliamentary Friendship Delegation this week.
The delegation included Catherine Moran Desilli, head of the delegation and the head of the Culture, Education and Communication Committee in the Senate, Senator Jean-Michel Olgat and Senator Oge Suri, members of the Egyptian-French Friendship Association, and French Ambassador to Egypt Stéphane Romatet.
Also present were member of the Egyptian-French Friendship Association Ayman Abu El-Ela, as well as MPs Samia Rafa, Marian Azar and Sherine Farag to discuss the means of organising several joint cultural and artistic projects that will enhance the ties of friendship between the two nations.
Abdel-Dayem stressed the depth of relations between Egypt and France at all levels, especially the cultural and intellectual, pointing out that the political leadership declared 2019 the Egypt-France Cultural Year, which came as the culmination of ties between the two countries.
She explained that Egypt is characterised by its cultural diversity, therefore its political leadership supports activating and spreading culture in society in cooperation with the private cultural institutions.
Desilli thanked Egypt for supporting the cultural and artistic activities organised by the two countries during Egypt-France Cultural Year. She stressed that Egypt is a major partner, explaining the French connection with the Egyptian cultural heritage and folklore, and also hinted at many intellectual similarities between the two peoples.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the elements of cooperation of a number of major cultural and national projects, including the projects of the City of Culture and Arts, and the new opera house in the New Administrative Capital.
Members of the French delegation expressed willingness to support all these projects in addition to inaugurating a number of cultural centres in the Egyptian governorates, such as Luxor, and in Sheikh Zayed city, increasing the joint production between the National Centre for Cinema in the two countries, and the inauguration of a college specialised in arts at the French University in Egypt.