March 12, 2017
ALEXANDRIA – In celebration of its new office space at the Helnan Palestine Hotel, the U.S. Consulate General in Alexandria hosted an “Opening Day” reception on March 11. Consulate Alexandria and Embassy Cairo staff described the many ways the U.S. Mission works with Egyptians throughout the country. Approximately 600 guests attended the event, which included a performance by the American jazz band “The Rad Trads.”
“I am pleased to be back in Alexandria and to take part in this festive event,” U.S. Ambassador Stephen Beecroft said. “With the new offices, we benefit from increased engagement with the people of Alexandria and the region.”
Consul General Stephen Fakan added, “The first U.S. Consular Office in Egypt was here in Alexandria, in 1835. The United States partners with the Egyptian people to promote education, economic development, women’s advancement, and entrepreneurship.”
U.S. Mission personnel explained educational and exchange programs the Embassy and Consulate offer. Officials from the Embassy’s Regional English Language Office described teacher training opportunities as well as the flagship English Access Microscholarship Program. Fulbright Commission staff discussed the prestigious Fulbright academic exchange program, while AMIDEAST provided information about skills-training programs in Alexandria. EducationUSA representatives spoke about workshops they offer to help Egyptians research, apply for, fund, and attend U.S. colleges and universities.