CCTV news: Let’s watch today’s (February 12) episode of “The Ambassador to China Celebrates the New Year.” Egyptian Ambassador to China Hanafi spent his second Spring Festival in China this year. Egypt, also one of the world’s ancient civilizations, was the first Arab and African country to establish diplomatic relations with China, and was also one of the first countries to join the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative. On New Year’s Day 2024, Egypt officially becomes a new member of the BRICS. Hanafi said that he looked forward to further working closely with China under these mechanisms to jointly welcome the tenth anniversary of the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Egypt.
Asim Hanafi, Egyptian Ambassador to China: Sending all my love and blessings to our Chinese friends.
Asim Hanafi, the Egyptian Ambassador to China: This year is the “Year of the Wooden Dragon”, which has special significance in the Chinese lunar calendar. The dragon is not a real animal in nature. It has many symbolic meanings, such as tenacity and prosperity. Therefore, the concept of (this year’s Spring Festival) goes beyond the usual, returning to the village, returning to the hometown, and spending time with family members. Similar to China, in our region, during Ramadan, every family will have dinner together, and people will eat special sweets and wear special clothes. New clothes, especially for children. I am also very happy to experience this moment (Spring Festival) again, and I would also like to take this opportunity to send New Year blessings to the Chinese audience in the Year of the Dragon.
Asim Hanafi, Egyptian Ambassador to China: Many high-level important events occurred in 2023. The third “Belt and Road” International Cooperation Summit Forum was held. Our Prime Minister led a delegation to attend the meeting and signed a series of cooperation agreements. The project covers logistics and connectivity between China and Egypt. Egypt made a historic move to join the BRICS mechanism, which came into effect in January this year. Egypt is an important ancient civilization. Like China, it has many famous historical monuments and cultural relics. Nowadays, we have more flights, and more Chinese cities can reach Egypt directly. Sometimes there are flights almost every day. Therefore, I am looking forward to it and want to extend a warm invitation to the Chinese audience. I am sure that it will satisfy the Chinese friends’ appreciation of history and tradition. love.
Asim Hanafi, Egyptian Ambassador to China: The scenery of Chengdu in Sichuan is spectacular and the food is delicious, the beautiful sea and tropical scenery of Hainan, the spreading sense of modernity in Shanghai, Tianjin is a rising city with an enterprising spirit, all of them These cities are all amazing and showcase China’s extraordinary achievements in its development. Likewise, I also see the balanced development of these cities. I don’t see any obvious differences in the development of different provinces and cities. I think this reflects the success of China’s development and poverty alleviation projects. I also wish the Chinese people more prosperity. China’s prosperity means the world’s prosperity, and vice versa. Seeing China’s countryside and seeing the harmonious development of man and nature, all of this makes onlookers like me feel optimistic. We have seen the miracle of China.
Asim Hanafi, Egyptian Ambassador to China: We will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between Egypt and China. The (Egyptian New Administrative Capital) Central Business District is the top priority of our new flagship project, and there are quite a few Projects, quite a few buildings, especially the iconic buildings built by Chinese companies, it’s a huge infrastructure project with a very large scale of technology and investment. Most of our government agencies have been moved from old Cairo to the new capital, with the hope of speeding up construction this year. Essentially, we hope that this will start a new phase in New Egypt and then apply the same concept to other Egyptian cities, which is to upgrade local infrastructure and improve the living standards of the Egyptian people.
Asim Hanafi, Egyptian Ambassador to China: Happy Year of the Dragon!
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