24 September 2020 12:15 AM

Minister: Egypt-China relations in archaeological sector developed

Friday، 29 November 2019 - 02:08 PM

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el Anani said relations between Cairo and Beijing in the archaeological sector have been significantly developed over the past three years.

In an interview with MENA, Anani added that Egypt welcomes the advanced Chinese technology in the archaeological exploration field, in addition to boosting cooperation with it in combating antiquities' theft and smuggling.

The minister's remarks were made on the sidelines of his participation in the ministerial meeting of the Forum of Ancient Civilizations, held in Beijing.

Egypt and China enjoy distinguished and high-level political relations at the presidential, governmental and parliamentary levels, Anani said.

Meanwhile, the minister asserted that Egypt seeks to restore its stolen artifacts, adding that all artifacts that were illegally smuggled from the country will absolutely be restored.

The minister also revealed that a new archaeological discovery will be announced by the end of December or during January 2020.

The return of security to Egypt has led to increasing the number of archaeological missions in the country, which registered about 300 foreign missions from 25 countries in addition to 50 Egyptian missions, he asserted.

Anani also talked about the Grand Egyptian Museum, noting that 90 percent of work at the project has been finalized.

He added that 49,187 artifacts have so far been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum, noting that it is expected to be inaugurated in the last quarter of 2020.


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