Relations between the United States and what later became the Arab Republic of Egypt began in 1849 with the establishment of a consulate general in Cairo. In 1922 when Egypt ceased being a protectorate and gained its full independence from the United Kingdom, the U.S. established a formal legation under J. Morton Howell as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. In 1967 Egypt broke diplomatic relations with the U.S. as a result of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, causing the U.S. to open an interests section in the Spanish Embassy in Cairo. However, relations improved under Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and the U.S. opened its current embassy in 1974 in Cairo’s Garden City.
- Using the Arabic Books Program to translate key American books on culture, science, education and economic development, including 12 new children’s science publications
- Supporting a series of workshops by American filmmaker Brigid Maher on how to create low-budget documentary pieces and how to go viral on social networks
- Launching the Egypt’s Health and Population Legacy Report on the impressive long-term results of USAID health sector assistance in Egypt
- Supporting an Arabic language web chat with Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas to discuss the role of social media in recent events in the Middle East
- Signing a new agreement on behalf of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency to improve the supply and delivery of pharmaceutical products in Egypt
- Producing a multimedia presentation on “Climate Change and Water Resources” with ecological experts Dr. Mark Stone and Dr. Samer El Mofty