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March 1 2013

Egypt won't rent Pyramids to foreign firms, says antiquities ministry


The Egyptian antiquities ministry has rejected a proposal by the finance ministry to rent out the country's major archaeological sites to international tourism companies in an attempt to reduce the government's budget deficit. Some archaeologists have called the proposal 'insulting' and 'humiliating.'

"How can we rent out our heritage?" Ahmed Saeed, professor of Egyptology at Cairo University, wrote on his Facebook page, alongside a cartoon of the Sphinx crying.

"Cry dear Sphinx, people want to rent you out and maybe later cut you into pieces and sell you! Shame on those who want to rent you...

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