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CAIRO, June 12, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar announced granting 48 awards for the winners of the State Prizes of Science and Technology for 2017.

The minister made the remarks on Tuesday at a press conference held following the 171st board meeting of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.

Abdel Ghaffar asserted the political leadership's keenness on supporting scientists and researchers, a fact that stems from the state's belief in their leading role in achieving sustainable development.

The meeting was attended by heads and directors of research centers and institutes along with a raft of Egyptian scientists.