By: Hana Kotb

If anyone is to search for Egypt’s top-rated tourist attractions, Abu Simbel would definitely be on the list. Even in a country festooned with temples, Abu Simbel is something special. Located in Aswan, this is Ramses II’s great temple, adorned with colossal statuary standing guard outside, and with an interior sumptuously decorated with wall paintings.

Justly, when French President Emmanuel Macron made his first official trip to Egypt, his first destination to visit was the Abu Simbel Temple on Sunday, 27 January. The president and his wife, Brigitte Macron, were received by Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anani, Tourism Minister Rania El-Mashat and Aswan Governor Ahmed Ibrahim.

What’s next on Macron’s itinerary, you may be wondering? The French president is expected to talk with President Abdelfattah El-Sisi about reinforcing economic cooperation, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Libya and Syria.

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According to Egypt’s Ambassador in Paris Ehab Badawi, Egypt and France are cooperating closely as they face the same challenges and visions, such as the war on terrorism and achieving peace and security in the African continent during Egypt’s presidency of the African Union.