Saturday, April 21, 2007

Hawass Dig Days: Ambassador Abdel-Raouf El-Reedi

"When the Ramses II exhibition toured 12 cities in the United States in 1987, I discovered that Ambassador El-Reedi was passionate about Egyptology. He also realised that this could be used as a tool in helping his country in the United States. We travelled together to many cities to announce the coming of the Ramses II exhibition. We went to Denver, Dallas, Jacksonville, using culture as a political message. El-Reedi actually captured the hearts of the Americans. We also went to Memphis for the opening of the exhibition. El-Reedi successfully played an important role in bringing the Ramses II exhibition to Memphis, Tennessee. After the opening event we travelled to Arkansas and met Senator Bill Clinton. Ambassador El-Reedi in his beautiful manner raised his finger to me and said, "you should know that this man will be the president of the United States, and he will be a good president."
When El-Reedi returned to Egypt he was one of the few ambassadors to become a public figure. This was due to many reasons, such as his smile, his love of people, and his honesty. The Egyptians recognised what he had done for Egypt in the United States."

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