Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anany met with Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt Christian Berger to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between Egypt and the EU in the field of tourism and antiquities.
During the meeting, El-Anany praised the strong relations between Egypt and the EU.
They also discussed ways to push more tourist movement from the EU to Egyptian tourist destinations.
Furthermore, the discussed the latest developments regarding the archaeological projects being implemented in cooperation between the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the EU, including the second phase of the restoration project of the Mosque of Altinbugha Al-Maridani in the Darb Al-Ahmar neighbourhood — the first phase of which was opened last September — and other projects.
Regarding the mosque, last September, Egypt completed its first EU-financed restoration stage of the Mamluk-era mosque in cooperation with Aga Khan Foundation under the supervision of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The EU provided €1.2m for the mosque’s restoration over 39 months — from April 2018 to June 2021.