Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou stated that turning Giza Pyrmids on green to mark the Irish National Day is a message to the world saying that Egypt is a friendly and an open country, emphasizing that this celebration reflected the deep bilateral relations between the two states.
Zaazou said in a speech delivered during the "green" celebration "we are doing our best to show that Egypt is looking forward to the world through its tourist attractions".
For his part, Egyptian Antiquities Mnister Mohamed Ibrahim said he was happy with this celebration that "highlighted the importance of Egypt's history", adding that "Egyptian people are proud of their national treasures, and this is an optimal way to promote them internationally".
Meanwhile, the Irish Ambassador to Egypt Isolde Moylan stated she was delighted that Egypt took part in the Ireland's annual "global greening" initiative to mark St. Patricks Day 2013.
The Irish diplomat underlined that her country along with the EU are friends of Egypt and are keen to show the aspects of this friendship to the whole world.
Among the world landmarks that set to go green are Burj al-Arab in Dubai, the Towers of Hercules in Jordan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, the Sydney Opera House, Table Mountain in South Africa and the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, according to a statement released by the Irish embassy in Egypt.