Promoting Equality, Mutual Learning, Dialogue and Mutual Accommodation among Civilizations: Egyptian Archaeologist | Kathmandu Grandstand

By Huang Peizhao, People’s Daily

“I still vividly remember President Xi Jinping’s visit to the ancient Egyptian capital of Luxor, even though it’s been over six years,” Mamdouh Mohamed Gad Eldamaty, an archaeologist and former Egyptian minister of antiquities, said in a statement. recent People’s Daily interview.

Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Egypt from January 20 to 22, 2016. Eldamaty accompanied him twice during the Chinese president’s stay in the African country.

On January 21, President Xi attended the celebration of the 60th anniversary of China-Egypt diplomatic relations and the opening ceremony of the 2016 China-Egypt Cultural Year, alongside Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on the old square of Luxor. Temple.

“I was the guide of the two heads of state at the Luxor Temple,” Eldamaty recalled, saying that at the temple the two leaders talked about the characteristics of ancient Chinese and Egyptian civilizations and reviewed the long history of mutual learning between them.

President Xi noted that China and Egypt are ancient civilizations, so it is necessary for them to strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, deepen non-governmental friendship and consolidate public support for bilateral cooperation, in order to promote common development and prosperity of both sides.

“What President Xi said reflects his view of history and his strategic vision,” Eldamaty told People’s Daily.

The next day, President Xi visited the ruins of ancient Egyptian civilization in Luxor. Again, he was accompanied by Eldamaty.

“While looking at the heirlooms, President Xi communicated with me. He showed a deep interest in ancient Egyptian civilization,” Eldamaty recalls.

“He shook my hand to express his thanks at the end of the visit. His erudition, his horizon, his passion for culture and his humility marked me deeply,” said Eldamaty.

During President Xi’s visit to Egypt, he delivered an important speech titled Working Together for a Bright Future of China-Arab Relations at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

Eldamaty said the speech left a lasting impression on her. “President Xi’s speech offered guidance for cultural exchanges and mutual learning between Egypt and China, and between the Arab world and China,” he noted.

“I agree with President Xi’s proposal to promote equality, mutual learning, dialogue and mutual accommodation among civilizations. We must replace estrangement with interaction and sharing, replace conflict with harmonious coexistence and replacing a sense of superiority with respect for diversity,” Eldamaty told People’s Daily.

Quoting an Arabic proverb that “Seek knowledge even if you have to go all the way to China”, Eldamaty noted that the ancient Silk Road witnessed the common prosperity of Arab and Chinese civilizations, which was the result close exchanges and mutual learning.

The land and sea Silk Roads, as a bridge connecting East and West, have promoted the progress of human civilization, he added.

“Today, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) proposed by President Xi has revitalized the ancient Silk Road and brought China and Arab countries closer together in economy, trade, , culture and other sectors,” Eldamaty noted, saying the initiative is building. a new paradigm of international cooperation with win-win results, guided by the principle of thorough consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits.

During the interview, Eldamaty highlighted a series of results of Sino-Egyptian cooperation. According to him, a joint archaeological team composed of Chinese and Egyptian scientists unearthed a number of buildings and valuable relics buried in the ruins of Montu Temple, Luxor; two Luban workshops were launched at Egypt’s Ain Shams University and Technical School of Advanced Maintenance Technology in Cairo, marking new milestones in vocational education cooperation between the two countries.

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