14 April 2002 --
The President of Egypt today announced the postponement of the inauguration of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria, from its planned date of April 23, 2002 to a yet unspecified date. The president explained that given the dramatic circumstances in the region and the death of suffering of so many and the mourning and grief that were so generalized, it would be inappropriate for festivities and fireworks, for whatever reason. A new date will be set later. Serageldin reassured foreigners that it was not related to security matters, and that tourists to Egypt could come anytime in perfect safety. For those who had already made plans to come and could not change them, private viewings of the Library would be arranged.