Among the members are Magdi Yacoub, former Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Moratinos, Mufid Chehab, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Culture of Morocco Mohammed Benaissa, former Minister and former President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, Engineer Hani Azar, former Kenyan Minister of Culture Amina Mohammed, and former President of the People's Congress Party in Ghana Samia Nkrumah.
The spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency stated that Ahmed Zayed, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, expressed his appreciation for the unlimited support of president to the library, out of his deep belief in the importance of its role in disseminating knowledge and consolidating the values of science and culture, not only at the local level, but also at the Arab, African, Mediterranean and international levels.
In this regard, Zayed reviewed the efforts of the library during the past period in performing its mission, and explained future plans to deepen its role and increase its civilizational radiance.
During the meeting, the president was keen to listen to the visions and ideas of the members of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, as they pointed out that the library represents a unique civilized entity that accurately reflects Egypt's role as a historical enlightenment center for intercultural interaction and exchange.
For their part, the members expressed their pleasure and honor to be part of this distinguished edifice, and affirmed their intention to exert maximum effort to achieve a strong boost in the scope and impact of the library during the coming phase.
The spokesman added that the president deeply appreciates the efforts of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to spread knowledge and awareness, stressing that it complements the state's endeavors in this context.
He confirmed the state's full support for the library and its important role, highlighting the significance of continuous renewal in its methodology and its support for new research programs and innovative teaching patterns, to stimulate the capabilities of young people and develop their creative skills.