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The Foreign Ministry and the International Organization of Francophonie organize a celebration on the occasion of the conclusion of the activities of the month of Francophonie

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Organization of Francophonie organized, this Wednesday evening, a celebration marking the conclusion of the activities of the month of Francophonie, with the participation of a group of officials, ambassadors and public figures.
Ambassador Fatima Al-Zahraa Otman, personal representative of the President of the Republic to the Permanent Council of Francophonie, stressed the interest that Egypt attaches to strengthening its cooperation with the International Organization of Francophonie.
The ambassador said, “Today we celebrate the end of the month of Francophonie in Egypt, and we are also witnessing a difficult stage due to the suffering our brothers are witnessing in the Gaza Strip, and everyone is following the efforts made by Egypt and the countries defending peace in this regard.”
She stressed that Francophonie presents a message of peace, justice, values ​​and respect for human dignity, extending greetings, pride and respect to the founding fathers of the Francophonie organisation.
Ambassador Fatima Al-Zahraa Etman expressed her thanks and appreciation to the group of Francophone ambassadors for the program that was prepared to celebrate the month of Francophonie and all the activities it included… pointing to the efforts that Egypt is making to support and disseminate the study of the French language in the country, as it will be included as a primary language in government schools in Egypt as of the academic year.
For her part, Rasha Ramadan, representative of the Secretary-General of the International Organization of Francophonie, said, “Today we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Organization of Francophonie and the conclusion of the Month of Francophonie in Egypt, which included several activities that reflect the richness of the Francophone language and culture.”
She added, “This year we are preparing for the nineteenth summit of the Francophonie, which will be held next October in France.”
For his part, the French Ambassador to Cairo, Eric Chevalier, stressed that Francophonie is about sharing language and values. He said, “Today we remember the tragedy witnessed by the Gaza Strip and we call for the protection of civilians, a ceasefire, and an end to the suffering.”
He pointed out the human values ​​that Francophonie holds, including equality between men and women, expressing thanks to the Egyptian authorities and everyone who contributed to organizing the month of Francophonie in Egypt.
Ambassador Chevalier pointed out that his country will host the nineteenth summit of the Francophonie next October.
In turn, Dr. Hani Hilal, President of Senghor University in Alexandria, reviewed the university’s activities, pointing out that attention is being paid to gender equality at the university, as there are 50 percent of male students and 50 percent of female students equally.
Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Egypt’s candidate to assume the position of Director-General of UNESCO, also expressed his welcome to participate in this celebration, which reflects the unity and diversity of Francophonie, pointing out that Francophonie embodies a set of human values ​​that cross borders.
The celebration was attended by a number of ambassadors accredited to Egypt, especially from Francophone countries.

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