The BA BoT Meets with H. E. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi at Ittihadiya Palace

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Today, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with members of the Board of Trustees of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which consists of prominent Egyptian and international figures. Those include Dr. Magdy Yacoub; former Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu; Secretary-General of the International Organization of the Francophonie, Mrs. Louise Mushikiwabo; UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Moratinos;  former Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Culture, Mohammed bin Issa; Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa Center for Culture and Research in Bahrain, Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa; former Kenyan Minister of Culture, Amina Mohammed; Mrs. Samia Nkrumah; Dr. Mofid Shehab; Engineer Hani Azer; President of the Egyptian Writers' Union, Dr. Mohamed Salmawi; and Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Dr. Ahmed Zayed.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Dr. Ahmed Fahmy, said that the President welcomed the members of the Board of Trustees, and emphasized the valuable role that the library plays in spreading and deepening knowledge and science. This is in addition to its efforts to encourage reading, research, and cultural work to promote dialogue among civilizations, deepen mutual understanding, and enhance coexistence among the peoples. The President noted that recognizing the significance and richness of human diversity and consolidating the principles of citizenship are the foundation for protecting social cohesion. President El-Sisi stressed the need for Bibliotheca Alexandrina to accomplish the mission carried out by Egypt in building bridges among cultures, and establishing peace and development.

President El-Sisi emphasized the state's keenness to ensure that the Library provides innovative ideas and activities, deepens scientific and cultural interests among the youth, and practically contributes to preparing them for future responsibilities by simplifying sciences harnessing innovative technological methods, supporting a culture of creativity and innovation at the scientific, technical, and artistic levels, discovering talented children and youth, as well as creating knowledge and deepening the relationship between scientific research and technological development. This shall take place while simultaneously focusing on consolidating the Egyptian identity through the Library's various programs. The President also highlighted the state's keenness to provide full support for all cultural projects which embrace innovative and effective visions to support young people.

For their part, the members of the Board of Trustees expressed their appreciation for the state’s persistent support to ensure the library fulfills its historical and cultural role. They lauded the President’s personal interest in the Library's activities. They also shared their views on the various roles the Library can play to achieve its goals as a window for Egypt to the world and a window for the world to Egypt and its rich culture and history.

The meeting also discussed international and regional developments. Members of the Board of Trustees commended Egypt’s pivotal role to restore stability in the region, end the war in Gaza, and deliver humanitarian aid to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip. The President affirmed Egypt's commitment to end the bloodshed in the sector and to continue to positively contribute to efforts to settle crises in the region. He emphasized that promoting a culture of peace is an essential element for a more stable and secure future for the region and the world.


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