Italian foreign minister visits Cairo for talks with Al-Sisi: officials

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Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enzo Moavero Milanesi

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Enzo Moavero Milanesi arrives in Cairo on Sunday for an official two-day visit to conduct official discussions with high-level Egyptian officials, according to state media.

During his first visit to Egypt since being appointed, Milanesi will meet with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry. He will also meet Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb and Pope of the Coptic Church Tawadros II, and he will inaugurate the newest section at the Italian hospital.

Milanesi will also meet with Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany, who will accompany him on a tour of the Egyptian Museum.

According to local news outlets, the meetings will address issues of mutual interest between Egypt and Italy, commercial exchange, and the updates of the case of the murder of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni.

Regeni was a Cambridge scholar conducting PhD research in Cairo on labour unions in Egypt. He disappeared on the fifth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution, according to his friends. On 3 February 2016, his body was found dumped on the side of a road outside Cairo, showing signs of physical torture, such as cigarette burns and bruises.

In July, during a meeting in Cairo with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, Al-Sisi asserted Egypt’s strong will to reach a final result in the investigation into the murder of Regeni. He also pointed out that Egypt will take the perpetrators to justice and continue cooperating with the concerned bodies, judicial authorities, and Italian counterparts in this regard.

On the other hand, Salvini praised the cooperation with the Egyptian authorities to reach the truth and find the perpetrators.

Al-Sisi has previously affirmed on several occasions Egypt’s keenness to reveal the mystery of the case of the Italian researcher with all transparency, and in cooperation between the Egyptian and Italian authorities.

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