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CAIRO, July 17, 2018 (MENA) – Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el Anani discussed on Tuesday with Italian Ambassador to Egypt Giampaolo Cantini means of boosting bilateral cooperation in the archaeological field.

The two sides also discussed preparations for the Italian foreign minister’s upcoming visit to some archaeological sites in Egypt.

On that score, Anani said the visit will be a key step towards scientific and archaeological exchange between Cairo and Rome.

Planning is underway to organize a temporary archaeological exhibition at Tahrir Square’s Egyptian Museum on the sidelines of the Italian minister’s visit, he added.

The exhibition is set to display the most important archaeological items unearthed by Italian missions working in Egypt, the minister noted.

CAIRO, July 15, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled el Annani said on Sunday that his ministry is working on adding the Holy Family's journey in Egypt to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List.

The minister made the remarks during his participation in a meeting of the parliament's tourism and civil aviation committee, under MP Sahar Talaat Mostafa.

A committee was formed to add 25 archaeological sites and churches that are part of the Holy Family's Journey to the UNESCO list, he noted.

A catalogue has been prepared on the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt as part of the country's efforts to revive tourism, Annani added.

For her part, Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat stressed her ministry's keenness on cooperating with the Antiquities and Local Development ministries to promote for the journey of the Holy Family abroad.

CAIRO, July 7, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled Anany presented Prince Albert II of Monaco a copy of Ka statue belonging to King Tutankhamun.

The minister invited the prince to visit Egypt and its monuments especially the Eastern Port in Alexandria to watch the sunken antiquities besides the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) after being inaugurated.

This came during inauguration of "The Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs" exhibition by Prince Albert II and Anany on Friday evening, said a statement issued by the Antiquities Ministry on Saturday.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by a galaxy of reporters in addition to a number of public figures of Monaco, Italy, France, Belgium and England, the statement read.

The prince presented the minister a number of stamps issued by Monaco to celebrate the Egyptian civilization.

Prince Albert II expressed admiration for the exhibition, the statement added.

CAIRO, July 1, 2018 (MENA) – General Manager of Antiquities Ministry’s research and archaeological studies and scientific publishing in Lower Egypt and Sinai Dr. Abdel Rehim Rihan described new amendments of preserving antiquities law as “positive”.

In statements on Sunday, he added that the new law toughened punishment against those who smuggle, steal, sabotage antiquities or illegally dig for them.

He also noted that the new law stipulated that those who commit such crimes would be sentenced for life and pay at least EGP one million as fine.

Rihan hailed such new amendments, asserting that they would contribute to efforts to prevent stealing, smuggling or sabotaging the Egyptian antiquities.

CAIRO, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - An Egyptian-American archaeological mission discovered a group of canopic jars at the tomb of Karabasken, who was Thebes' ruler and the fourth priest of Amun during the 25th dynasty (TT 391), said Secretary-General of the Higher Council for Antiquities Moustafa Waziri.

The mission, operating within the South Assassif Conservation Project on Luxor's west bank, found the utensils in a 0.50 metre-deep hole in the burial chamber of the tomb.

Once discovered, a team of archaeologists began restoring the jars.

Fatehi Yassin, head of the Egyptian side to the mission, said the jars are empty and are made from Egyptian alabaster. 

Canopic jars were used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife. 

The size of the found jars ranges between 35.5 to 39.4 cm.

The South Assassif Conservation Project started in 2006 when the two Kushite tombs of Karabasken (TT 391) and Karakahamun (TT 223) and the early Saite tomb of Irtieru (TT 390), were re-discovered there. 

CAIRO, June 23, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anany said that his ministry announces in cooperation with the Investment and International Cooperation Ministry the opening of a pre-qualification stage for those hoping to manage and operate facilities at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).

The Antiquities Ministry will manage all matters related to the artifacts, its restoration center and stores besides the exhibition halls and securing them, he noted.

These remarks came by the antiquities minister on the sidelines of the tour of GEM by Premier and Housing Minister Moustafa Madboli who was also accompanied by Giza Governor Kamal el Daly on Saturday.

Anany asserted that the project of establishing GEM is financed by the Egyptian government in cooperation with its Japanese counterpart represented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

During the tour, the premier was briefed by Anany on the work progress of the venture where 78% of it have been finalized.

The first stage of the project will be inaugurated by the end of December, the minister reiterated.


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