ITALY TO SEND NEW AMBASSADOR TO EGYPT YEAR AFTER RECALLING EX-ENVOY

Italy will send a new ambassador to Cairo, after recalling its former envoy more than a year ago, following the death of an Italian student, found in Egypt’s capital, spokesman for Egypt’s foreign ministry said.

In a phone call, the Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano, told his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, that Italy was willing to send Ambassador Giampaolo Cantini to Cairo, Ahmed Abu Zaid, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman said, in a statement.

Alfano told Shoukry that, Italy hoped the upcoming period would see a push in the Italian-Egyptian relations, in all fields, Abu Zaid added.

Alfano said earlier, that, in light of the recent developments in the investigation on the student’s death achieved by a cooperation between Egypt and Italy, the Italian government had decided to send an ambassador to Cairo.

“The Italian government is still committed to finding the truth, regarding the murder of Giulio Regeni,” he said.

28-year-old Italian doctoral student, Giulio Regeni was found dead on a roadside, nine days after his disappearance on Jan 25, 2016, with his body tortured and half-naked.

The murder has cast a shadow on diplomatic relations between the two countries, after which Italy decided to call back its then ambassador from Egypt.

A few weeks later, the Egyptian police said they found Regeni’s handbag, with his passport and student ID card, during an operation to bust a Cairo-based gang of five people.

Regeni’s disappearance came, amid intensive security in Cairo and other major cities in Egypt, ahead of the anniversary of the Jan 25 uprising, that toppled long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak in 2011

Source: NAM News Network