By: Ali Abu Dashish
CAIRO, Dec. 6 (SEE) – Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Anani inaugurated the second conference for the Italian archaeological missions that work in Egypt, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. The event took place on Wednesday at Ahmed Basha Hall, at the Minstry’s headquarter located in Zamalek.
The opening was attended by the Supreme Council of Antiquities’ General Secretary Mostafa Waziry, Italy’s Ambassador to Egypt Giampaolo Cantini, Italian Cultural Counselor Paolo Sabatini, Director of the Italian Institute Giuseppina Capriotti, Head of the Central Administration for Monuments’ Registration Hesham Al-Lethi, and officials from the Ministry of Antiquities.
At his opening speech, Al-Anani highlighted the depth of Egyptian Italian relations that dates back to more than 200 years, as Italy is an essential participant in the archaeological work in Egypt. He said “There are more than 200 Italian missions working in different parts of Egypt including Guiza, Al Uqsur, Minya, and Alexandria,” adding that “Italy previously paid a lot of effort to recover Egypt’s stolen antiquities.”
On his part, Waziry displayed a brief presentation about the most important archaeological work and discoveries done by the Egyptian archaeological missions, affiliated to the Supreme Council of Antiquities during the past months. The Presentation included discoveries at the Karnak temple, Draa Abu El-Nagaa, Saqqara, Minya, and Dahshur.
Speaking about the work done by the Ministry of Antiquities, Waziry added that the Ministry implemented routes for visiting the temples of Karnak and Al Uqsur; the Ministry established the Karnak temples’ two statues; and currently it is working on the third statue that will be revealed in April 2019.
Translator: Maydaa Abo El-Nadar