Antiquities Minister Khaled Anani discussed on Tuesday with newly-appointed Egypt’s Ambassador to Germany Khaled Galal ways of boosting cooperation between Cairo and Berlin in the archaeological field.
They agreed on offering suggestions for exchanging expertise in the domains of maintaining and developing the archaeological sites and museums.
It is worth noting that Germany is one of the main partners in the field of archaeological work as more than 30 German archaeological missions are working in Egypt.
Also, the Egyptian Museum of Berlin is a member of the alliance of five European museums to develop the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square, namely the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London, the Turin Museum in Italy, and the Leiden Museum in the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Maged Mosleh, the international relations director at the Ministry of Antiquities said that the meeting touched on the final preparations for signing a cooperation agreement between the two countries through which the German side will fund furnishing Akhenaton Museum in Minya.
The new Akhenaten Museum on the east bank is now complete, but no date has been set for its opening. If the Egyptian authorities can swing it, it will be home, for some months at least, to the iconic bust of Queen Nefertiti (now in Berlin) as well as treasures from the nearby Tell Al Amarna excavations.
“Another agreement on combating the illegal trading in the cultural properties was also discussed,” Mosleh added.