The United States through American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) and Egypt’s government have inked a new protocol agreement to enhance cultural preservation and research.
In a statement released recently by the US Embassy in Cairo said, “The Egyptian Gov. and the U.S. have long cooperated on cultural preservation and research. And we also furthered that cooperation as the ARCE and the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs inked a new protocol agreement.”
“Through ARCE, the United States has funded research grants across Egypt to preserve and understand the historical treasures of Egyptian culture,” the statement added.
In May 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, in collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, hosted a cultural property workshop to share best practices on combatting illicit trafficking of Egyptian antiquities and cultural objects.
According to the American Embassy, the workshop featured cultural heritage, judicial, regulatory, and law enforcement experts responsible for investigating, monitoring, prosecuting, and enforcing cultural property crimes and laws.
“During the workshop, attendees exchanged information with Egyptian and American counterparts, examined case studies, and visited some of Egypt’s famed cultural sites,” the statement said.
In this regard, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Nicole Shampaine said, “Advancing U.S.-Egyptian cooperation to counter the illegal trafficking and trade of Egypt’s cultural artifacts remains a priority of the United States.”
“This workshop strengthens our shared efforts to secure and protect Egypt’s renowned archeological sites and cultural objects,” Shampaine pointed out.
The embassy also noted that Egypt was the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to ink a cultural property protection agreement with the United States in 2016, which was renewed in November 2021.