Egyptian Ambassador in Paris Alaa Youssef applauded Saturday the worldwide contributions of the French Society of Egyptology to Egyptology studies, ever since it was established in June 1923.
The senior diplomat was speaking during a ceremony hosted by the National Institute for Art History (INHA) to mark the society’s centennial, in the presence of former minister of tourism and antiquities Khaled al-Enani.
Youssef also commended Enani, an honorary member at the society, for his outstanding contributions not just to the study of antiquities and Egyptology, but also to the areas of university education, scientific research, heritage, and museums.
He said, “the Egyptian government has nominated Enani for the post of director-general of the UNESCO during the election set to take place in the last quarter of 2025, due to his more than 30 years of experience in these fields, as well as his qualifications and achievements during his executive tenure as minister of tourism and antiquities, not to mention his remarkable contributions to the UN agency’s activities at the national and international levels.”
A great host of senior archaeologists and Egyptologists attended the ceremony, along with representatives of French museums and Egyptian archaeological societies in France, and the director of the French Institute for Eastern Archaeology in Cairo, a public institution under the authority of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
Egyptology is the scientific study of ancient Egypt’s history and culture, from the earliest times to the Arab conquest. It covers all the aspects of ancient Egypt across periods from about 7,000 BC to the early middle ages.