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250-strong Delegation from Libya Attends Cairo Book Fair

Posted: Jan. 31st, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Cairo Book Fair

The Cairo International Book Fair, an event ranked amongst the largest in the world, will host a 250-strong delegation from Libya. The delegation includes writers and poets from all walks of society and an astonishing LD 1.5 million has gone towards the delegation's trip. Commentators were quick to point out the cultural benefits this spending incurs, a sharp contrast to the previous regime.

A 250-strong Libyan delegation headed by the Minister of Culture, Alhabib Al-Amin, arrived in the Egyptian capital today, Tuesday, for the Cairo International Book Fair which opens tomorrow, Wednesday, and lasts until 5 February.

The biggest Libyan delegation ever at the fair — one of the biggest in the world — it is also reportedly the biggest from any country every to attend the annual event. The size of the delegation has drawn some criticism in the country. However, for the first time, Libya is being made a guest of honour at the fair and the fact that Libyan writers are being taken seriously is seen as something to celebrate.


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