Egypt is the cradle of world civilization: Belarusian ambassador on National Day

Reham El-Adawi , Thursday 20 Jul 2023

Ambassador of Belarus in Egypt Sergei Terentiev, while celebrating his country’s National Day in Cairo, called Egypt the cradle of world civilization and highlighted how preserving cultural heritage unites the two countries.

Ambassador of Belarus Sergei Terentiev delivers his speech


Belarus’s National Day is celebrated each year on 3 July.

In his inaugural speech, Terentiev thanked the attendees, which included a number of high-ranking officials from the embassy as well as ambassadors from friendly countries.

Also attending were Ambassador Mohamed El-Orabi, Egypt's former foreign minister; Mohamed Nasr El-Gebali, head of the Russian Language Department at the Faculty of Al-Alsun at Ain Shams University; and Sherif Gad, president of the Egyptian Association for Graduates of Russian and Soviet Universities.

The Belarusian ambassador indicated that his government had declared 2023 the year of peace in the country. He noted that peace is the greatest value for every Belarusian citizen, and is the most important condition for development and creative activity.

He also expressed his keenness to introduce Belarusian culture, with its unique rituals and beautiful popular beliefs, to Egyptians.

“Belarusian cultural and spiritual heritage arose over centuries and was passed down from generation to generation. Our spiritual values, traditions, and authentic culture contributed to the formation of the national consciousness of the Belarusian people."

Terentiev pointed out that preserving cultural heritage is one feature that unites the Belarusian and Egyptian peoples.

"We are following with interest the efforts of the Egyptian state to preserve the Egyptian historical and cultural heritage, restore unique monuments, and revive lost traditions," he added.

On the Egyptian side, El-Orabi congratulated members of the Belarusian embassy on the National Day, emphasizing the depth of relations between the two countries.

El-Gebali spoke about Belarus’s rich and profound cultural heritage, explaining that Belarus was a pioneer in the spread of printing in the fourteenth century.

"Contemporary arts such as ballet, theatre, fine arts, and wood carving flourished in Belarus years ago and are considered advanced arts," he added.

Meanwhile, Gad affirmed that cooperation between the embassy and the association has diversified recently. They have organized meetings between the Belarusian ambassador with officials from the ministries of youth and sports and culture to discuss means of developing bilateral relations between the two countries.

On the sidelines of the celebration, a documentary film was screened on the most important cultural and historical monuments in Belarus. In addition, a photographic exhibition showed the country’s tourist attractions.

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