EGYPTIAN, CHINESE ANTIQUITIES OFFICIALS STUDY EXCAVATIONS IN EGYPT
QALYOUBIYA, Egypt, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Khaled al-Anany, said that an Egyptian delegation from his ministry is now on an official visit to China, to strengthen cooperation in the field of archaeology.
"The Egyptian delegations are now discussing with their Chinese counterparts, the preparations for the first Chinese excavations in Egypt," the minister said.
In a recent interview, the Egyptian minister said, Chinese archaeologists are very interested in starting excavations in his archaeologically rich country.
During his visit to a number of archaeological sites in Egypt's Delta governorate of Qalyoubiya, 30 km north of Cairo, Anany said, the government is keen to preserve its ancient treasures that date back centuries.
Egypt, one of the most ancient civilisations, has been working hard to protect its archaeological heritage and discover the secrets of the archaeology of the Pharaohs and other ancient civilisations across the country.
The North African country is also trying to revive its ailing tourism sector, which has been suffering an acute recession over the past few years, due to political turmoil and relevant security issues.
Egypt netted just 6.1 billion U.S. dollars in tourism revenues in 2015, a drastic downturn from 12.5 billion in 2010, according to the country's Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK