Egypt discovers new necropolis containing dozens of mummies

13 May

“Antiquities are the soft power that distinguishes Egypt,” Enany said. “News of antiquities are the things that attract the world to Egypt.”

Millions of tourists visited Egypt every year to see its Giza Pyramids – the only surviving monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – and its ancient pharaonic temples and relics.

But a popular uprising in 2011 that overthrew veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak ushered in years of unrest that battered the economy and drove away tourists.

Egypt is trying to send message that it its heritage sites are safe, despite terrorist attacks elsewhere in the country.

Mr Anani said that he wanted to send the message that while monuments are looted and destroyed in other Middle Eastern countries, Egypt is restoring and excavating its heritage.

“I believe and trust that the most interesting things, which will bring the entire world’s attention to Egypt and improve its image is any news related to antiquities,” Mr Anani said. “Antiquities is soft power, which distinguishes Egypt.”

 “Let everyone talk about Egypt. This is what we need.” he said.

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