Replica statue of ancient Egyptian King Ramses II - press photo
CAIRO - 17 August 2018: Ecuador became the first Latin American country to open a public square in its capital Quito, bearing Egypt's name, and adorned with a replica statue of ancient Egyptian King Ramses II, Egypt’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
Egypt gifted the statue to Ecuador in November 2016 and was erected two months later in a ceremony attended by top Ecuadorian officials. The square also features miniature models of the Giza Pyramids.
The opening of the square reflects special relations between the two countries and Ecuador's appreciation of Egypt's culture and history, Egyptian ambassador in Ecuador Abdel Moneim Omar said.
Egyptians officials had previously said the move will help attract tourists and promote Egypt's ancient history.