Minister of Antiquities Khaled El Anani – file photo
CAIRO, Feb 21 (MENA) - Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled Al-Anani on Friday met with Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni on ways of boosting cooperation in combating illicit trade in antiquities.
Addressing a press conference following the meeting, Anani said he agreed with Mendoni on exchanging expertise in the field of museum work in light of the forthcoming inauguration of the Graeco-Roman Museum.
Anani also reviewed Egypt's efforts in restoring stolen and smuggled antiquities in many diplomatic or judicial ways, the Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said in a statement.
In interviews with Greek TV channels and world news agencies, Anani described the upcoming opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum as a dream that came true.
He also reviewed archaeological discoveries and inaugurations which remarkably contributed to promoting Egypt's image abroad, in addition to efforts exerted to restore the boost tourism influx to the Egyptian attractions.
He highlighted a package gathering beach and culture tourism by launching flights linking Red Sea resorts and Upper Egypt cities.
EgyptAir will operate a flight from the UK Gatwick airport to Sharm El Sheikh soon.
The minister pointed to the "Summer in Upper Egypt" initiative which the ministry adopts to encourage tourists to visit the archaeological sites in Upper Egypt in July and August by declining their tickets' prices to the half.