The Temple of Karnak, in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor (AFP)
CAIRO – 7 December 2018: The first Chinese archaeological mission to work in Egypt has been chosen to work in the temple of Mont, north of Karnak, for its extensive excavation expertise in the archeological field, Mustafa al-Saghir, director-general of Karnak Antiquities.
Saghir told Egypt Today that the Chinese mission aims to restore and carry out studies on the temple, which comes within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani and the head of the Chinese Academy of Social Science in October.
He added that the Chinese mission was chosen to work on Mont Temple as the mission's expertise and modern technology are much needed to carry out the archaeological survey, excavation, restoration and documentation works of the temple.
During his short visit to Egypt in October, China's Vice-President Wang Qishan along with Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly witnessed signing the first Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Antiquities and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in the archaeological field.
The MoU aims to strengthen cooperation in the archaeological field, the training of archeologists as well as increasing archaeological awareness among both Egyptian and Chinese citizens.