ZAGREB, 1 April (Hina) – Croatia has donated 100 books for the new capital of Egypt, Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman, who was on a two-day visit to that country this week, said.
Croatia has donated 100 books for the new capital city, to be located somewhere between Cairo and the Red Sea, to strengthen cultural cooperation between the two countries, said Grlić Radman.
Egypt is building a new capital city to reduce pressure on the overpopulated Cairo.
The books handed over by Minister Grlić Radman were donated by the Croatian ministries of culture and media, science and education, and foreign and European affairs.
The books are mostly in Croatian, but the donation also includes books in English and French.
We hope the donation will contribute to the recognisability of our historical and cultural heritage and of our natural beauties, Grlić Radman said.
Grlić Radman and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry held talks on regional cooperation, stability in the Middle East and North Africa, migrations, and relations between Egypt and the EU.
Together they opened a business forum which was attended by more than 120 Egyptian and Croatian business people.
In Croatia, the year 2021 has been declared as “Year of Reading”.— Gordan Grlić Radman (@grlicradman) March 31, 2021
Our donation of 100 books to the library of the 🇪🇬 New Administrative Capital at the City of Arts and Culture will contribute to the recognition of 🇭🇷 history, culture, heritage and natural sights. pic.twitter.com/6axRP8GF1V
Grlić Radman said that as Mediterranean countries, Egypt and Croatia “share the interest in this region” and that tourism was an important industry for both countries.
“Sustainable tourism is our common goal,” he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Croatian minister held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, extending his condolences on a recent railway accident in which more than 30 people were killed and dozens were injured.