MINSK, 18 June (BelTA) – Belarus seeks to expand cooperation with Egypt in education and tourism, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the extended-participation meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on 18 June, BelTA has learned.
Education had earlier been named a priority avenue of bilateral cooperation. Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that education is mostly about the youth and its abilities and talents in sports and creativity, and about promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
“Our country has a great potential in education. It trains specialists that are in high demand in the economic sector. At present, merely 20 Egyptian nationals undergo training in Belarus. We have offered educational grants to Egyptian nationals to study at Belarusian higher learning institutions. This is just the beginning. We would like to see a great number of young Egyptians who want to get up-to-date education and training in Belarus,” the head of state said. Youth policy is high on the agenda in Egypt; young people account for 60% of the country's population. All of them want to have good education and work, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.
He welcomed the initiative of the Egyptian president to hold the annual World Youth Forum in Egypt where Belarus takes an active part. “We will do our best to facilitate contacts between the youth of Egypt and Belarus,” the head of state emphasized. Aleksandr Lukashenko confirmed his invitation for a group of Egyptian teenagers to come to Belarus for summer holidays in August 2019.
“Tourism has an important role in promoting friendly relations between our nations. We discussed this matter in Cairo two years ago. Over the past two years, the tourist flow from Belarus to Egypt has surged more than four times. We want to see more Egyptians in Belarus, too. As you have said today, Belarus has many things to offer to Egyptian tourists. We will make sure that vacations in Belarus will be a great experience for Egyptian nationals,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
He noted that Belarus and Egypt have rich cultural and historical heritage. “We are interested in sharing best practices in his field. We are ready to arrange exchange programs for museum specialists, archeologists, and restoration artists. We will be happy to hold the Days of Egyptian Culture here,” the president noted.More about President