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May 10 2013

New antiquities minister aims to 'preserve, protect' Egypt heritage


At his office in Cairo's Zamalek district, Ahmed Eissa, Egypt's newly-appointed minister of state for antiquities, sits before a huge wooden desk, reviewing papers and welcoming well-wishers.

"My goal is to work with ministry employees to preserve and protect Egypt's heritage be it ancient Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Coptic or Islamic while putting existing archaeological works in order, rejuvenating projects that have been put on hold, and upgrading the skills of archaeologists and curators," Eissa said.

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