Britain's Prince Charles to tour Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India

Daily Star Egypt Staff
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LONDON: Britain s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Egypt, Saudi Arabia and India during a two-week official tour later this month, Charles office said Thursday.

The trip will be the second the he and his second wife have made since their marriage in April 2005, having visited the United States in November.

The couple s tour will kick off in Egypt on March 20 and end in India on March 31.

Clarence House said in a statement: All three countries are important partners for the United Kingdom, and it is hoped that the visits will help to develop further close relations with these countries.

The visits provide an opportunity to support the UK s international contribution and profile.

The key themes of the tour are promoting better understanding and tolerance between faiths, supporting environmental and conservation initiatives and encouraging sustainable employment and training opportunities for young people.

In Egypt, the couple will visit Cairo and a desert oasis town before laying a wreath at the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery at El Alamein, the site of a major World War II battle in 1942.

The visit was to include events promoting British education in Egypt and better understanding between states, and a viewing of an exhibition of traditional Islamic art.

Their visit to Saudi Arabia will focus on education and training opportunities for men and women, as well as faith issues, Clarence House said.

Charles last visited Saudi Arabia in August following the death of King Fahd.

In New Delhi, the royal couple will attend a reception hosted by the British high commissioner (ambassador) each year for diplomats, politicians and businessmen.

They will then visit Punjab and Rajasthan, where Charles and Britain s sizeable Indian community are cooperating in several charitable initiatives.

Indian government ministers have urged Charles and Camilla to support plans to promote sustainable farming, water conservation and employment generation.

Charles last visited India in 2003. AFP

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