Czech Ambassador Jacques Volek with Culture Minister Ines Abdel-Dayem at her office (photo credit of the Culture Minister Media Office)
The meeting was attended by a Czech delegation that included Andrzej Czerny, general director of the Czech Centers, Jan Bondi, the director of the Department of Public Diplomacy at the Czech foreign ministry, and diplomat Uldrich Vondrushka, a specialist in cultural relations at the Czech embassy in Cairo.
Ambassador Volek praised the cultural and artistic movement in Egypt and the role of the culture ministry in spreading awareness and arts throughout the country.
Volek said that this has motivated the Czech Republic to establish the first Czech cultural centre in Egypt, which will be the first of its kind in the Arab world and Africa and is scheduled to open in 2022.
"The Egyptian civilisation and culture are the focus of the world's attention, especially the Czech people, who are always keen to visit Egypt," he said.
For her part, Minister Abdel-Dayem welcomed the idea of establishing the cultural centre as a valuable addition to the foreign cultural centres already operating in Egypt.
"The new Czech cultural centre will be an important window for exchanging cultures and for opening up new horizons of cooperation between the two countries in all artistic, cultural and creative fields," she said.