The BA Director Receives the Ambassador of Greece

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Dr. Moustafa Elfeki, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, received H.E. Nikolaos Garilidis, the Ambassador of Greece to Egypt.

Elfeki discussed the historical relationships between Egypt and Greece, stating: “Egypt and Greece share a long common history, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a testament to this bond.” He also touched upon the historic visit of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser to Greece.

Furthermore, Elfeki expressed his delight with the Greek Ambassador’s visit to the BA, in conjunction with the Library’s celebration of completing the restoration process of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate’s manuscripts.

Ambassador Nikolaos Garilidis said that he was pleased to visit the BA, stressing his interest in increasing the cooperation with the Library. He talked about the 1950s; a period that witnessed a significant presence of the Greek community in Egypt in general, and Alexandria in particular.

He also mentioned that he spent part of his childhood in Port Said, where his father and grandfather used to work in the Suez Canal, before moving to Cairo and leaving it at the age of 10.

At the end of the meeting, Elfeki gifted the book The Treasures of Manuscripts at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to the Greek Ambassador.