"Minister of Culture Farauq Hosni had a telephone call with Dr. Zahi Hawwas, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, currently visiting the United States. During the telephone call, Hosni inquired after conditions of the Egyptian monuments currently displayed at Dayton, Ohio and Los Angeles museums. The telephone calls come in wake of hurricane Katrina which swept over a number of US cities. Hawwas said he received two reports from archaeologists Suad Rushdy, who supervises the Golden Pharaoh, Tutankhamen, exhibition in Los Angeles and Hanem Barakat, who supervises Dayton exhibition. Hawwas said the two reports confirmed that the two exhibitions are far away from the areas struck by the hurricane. Hawwas said some 272 artifacts are displayed in the two exhibitions, adding that the Egyptian exhibitions in the United States are insured by 800 million dollars.
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