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Governor-General attends meeting in Egypt with President Hosni Mubarak.

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16 OCTOBER 2002

During a meeting this afternoon with the Governor-General, Peter Hollingworth, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has expressed his sympathy to the Australian people following last weekend’s terrorist bombings in Bali. Dr Hollingworth informed President Mubarak of latest assessments on the loss of life and injury from the attacks.

At the meeting, which took place in the port city of Alexandria, the Governor-General assured President Mubarak that Australia does not link terrorism with the Islamic faith, a message which Dr Hollingworth has also conveyed to Islamic leaders in Cairo this week.

The discussion between the two men covered a range of international issues affecting the two countries. The Governor-General spoke of the significant contribution to our nation made by Australians of Egyptian origin. The President responded warmly to an invitation from the Governor-General to visit Australia at a mutually convenient time.

Dr Hollingworth and Mr Mubarak met in El Montazah Palace before world leaders gathered for the inauguration of the New Library of Alexandria, rebuilt with the support of UNESCO near the site of the ancient Bibliotheca Alexandrina destroyed by fire in the third century.

Leaders who attended the inauguration included the Presidents of France, Romania, Greece, Croatia and Moldavia, along with the Queen of Spain and the Queen of Jordan. Australia has contributed some 3000 books to the library.

Dr Hollingworth is in Egypt this week accompanying Australian veterans of the Ninth Division for commemorative services on 19 and 20 October associated with the 60 th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein. He is due to return to Canberra on Tuesday.


Contact: Claire Tedeschi on 0419 990 250 or Martin Bonsey on 0418 625 241

16 October 2002