Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem stated that Cairo was named the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2020 in succession to the Tunisian capital.
The announcement was made in the celebration held by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in Tunisia.
Representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Culture Hisham Azmy and Chairman of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces Ahmed Awad, received the torch from Minister of Cultural Affairs in Tunisia Mohamed Zain el-Abidine.
Abdel Dayem said that the program of the Capital of Islamic Culture aims to consolidate the bonds between people that share the same culture through the establishment of a creative dialogue and the promotion of intellectual communication between the sons of the Islamic nation.
This program also targets highlighting the rich heritage of Islam that calls for tolerance and coexistence, providing a true picture of the ancient Islamic civilization.
Minister Abdel Dayem further explained that choosing Cairo as the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2020 confirms Egypt's position in the heart of the Islamic world. She added that a diversified program has been prepared to celebrate this occasion, including many activities that reflect this aspect of the unique Egyptian personality.