Visit of Catherine Ashton to Cairo: 13/11/2012
End production: 13/11/2012 First transmission: 13/11/2012
On 13 November 2012, in Cairo on the occasion of the launch of the EU/Egypt Task Force, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, together with Mohamed Hisham Zaazou, Egyptian Minister for Tourism, unveiled a near-perfect facsimile of the Tomb of Tutankhamun.
The unveiling coincides with the 90th anniversary of the discovery of the original tomb. The technology behind the facsimile was developed by Factum Arte, based in London and Madrid, who worked for two years on the project together with the University of Basel and under licence from the Supreme Council of Antiquities. It is a gift to the Arab Republic of Egypt from the Factum Foundation and the Society of Friends of the Royal Tombs, facilitated by the EU Delegation in Egypt.
Catherine Ashton also met with Nabil Elaraby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Conrad Hotel in Cairo
||Mohamed Hisham Zaazou, Egyptian Minister for Tourism, making a welcoming speech
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (in ENGLISH): I am so excited to be here. I have woken up at 3 o’clock in the morning to come and have the opportunity to see this. For those of us who have the privilege of visiting this country, this is a wonderful symbol of the richness and the culture and the heritage that exist here. It is also for me a wonderful expression of what we are trying to do here in Egypt over the next couple of days, which is to do two things: One, bring Europe and Egypt closer together, and the workmanship and the genius to have been able to produce this has some European input to that in the shape of Mr. Lowe. But it is done with of course every aspect linking to the culture and history of this country. Secondly, it is about promoting this country, this rich great country of the future to show that it is a place to invest, a place to visit, a place to feel welcome and comfortable, and a place that we want to see succeed in the future as it succeeded in the past. So, for me, as I began, it is an enormous privilege to be here and I am so grateful Minister that you and I are able to do this and I can not wait to see it.
||Views of the Tomb of Tut-Ankh Amon (4 shots)
||Catherine Ashton visiting the Tomb of Tut-Ankh Amon (3 shots)
||Departure of Catherine Ashton
||Round table with Catherine Ashton and Nabil Elaraby (4 shots)