Sisi, Greek, Cypriot counterparts begin the Week of Revival of Hellenism in Egypt - Photo courtesy of YouTube
CAIRO – 30 April 2018: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi said that the ancient city of Alexandria has a special status in the hearts of Egyptians and the peoples of the Mediterranean region. He expressed his great pleasure that Alexandria hosted this celebration.
He said that Alexandria has been a witness of the deep ties binding together the peoples of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus throughout the ancient and modern history, noting that Alexander the Great laid the first pillars of the city of Alexandria in 332 BC, to become the view of Egypt on the shores of the Mediterranean and the point of convergence of civilizations and incubator of cultures and heritage.
"Alexandria is still an embodiment of the values of tolerance, coexistence and human communication. These values encouraged hundreds of thousands of people in the region to choose Egypt as a destination to live in their society, which embraced them without discrimination," he added.
Thousands of Greeks and Cypriots were among those who liked to live in Egypt, where they integrated into the Egyptian fabric, the president said, adding that they were a major addition to the economic, scientific and cultural movement in Egypt.
He said that interactions among the peoples of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus throughout the history provided the world with outstanding contributions.
"Among their achievements were the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, from which scientists emerged to produce a wealth of knowledge and culture, including the translation of important works from the ancient Egyptian language," said Sisi.
The transfer of the scientific achievements of the Hellenic Civilization and protecting them from destruction were also among these achievement, he said.
The president pointed out also that Greek and Greek migrations in the modern age to Egypt in the eighteenth century contributed to enriching the pluralism of the Egyptian society.
The Greeks and Cypriots, together with their Egyptian brothers, contributed to the renaissance of trade, culture and art and worked in various aspects of the economic life, said the president, adding that Egyptian governorates witnessed the establishment of organizations for the Greek communities in Minya in 1812, Zagazig in 1850, Cairo in 1856, Mansoura in 1860 and Port Said in 1870.
He stressed that in recent years, the tripartite cooperation mechanism among Egypt, Cyprus and Greece has been a clear reflection of the historical relations binding together the three countries and their peoples and a model to follow for the Eastern Mediterranean region.