Iraq and Egypt discuss revitalizing tourism and archaeological relations between the two countries
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Today, Saturday, the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Hassan Nazim, discussed with his Egyptian counterpart Khaled Al-Anani the revitalization of tourism and archaeological relations between the two countries.
A statement by the ministry, received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), stated that "the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Hassan Nazim, met in Cairo with the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anani at the ministry's headquarters."
The statement added, "During the meeting, they discussed revitalizing relations between the two brotherly countries with regard to the antiquities and tourism sector, which did not live up to the level of ambition, and in a manner commensurate with the cultural depth of the two countries."
He pointed out that "they discussed the common problems facing the two countries in terms of tourism, theft of antiquities and their sale in countries of the world," noting that
"the State of Egypt recovered many stolen antiquities, and that Iraq achieved tangible successes in this field and was able to recover thousands of important artifacts, which requires uniting efforts to counter the theft of antiquities.
The statement pointed out that "the two sides agreed to set up workshops to train archaeologists in both Egypt and Iraq, and also agreed on cooperation between the archaeological museums of Iraq and Egypt in the areas of development, and the possibility of benefiting from the experiences of the Egyptian side in developing Iraqi museums."
For his part, the Egyptian minister affirmed that his country is preparing for a broad international conference to prevent trafficking in antiquities smuggling, and that Iraq will be a participant in it to prevent expansion in this field, which could be a source of terrorism financing.
He pointed out that "Egypt used to receive about 100,000 Iraqi tourists annually before the Corona pandemic."