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Egypt's Sisi meets with Italian interior minister for talks on Libya, terrorism, migration, Regeni

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 Dec 2017
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met on Sunday with Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti in Cairo (Photo: Spokesman of the Egyptian Presidency)
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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met on Sunday with Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti in Cairo for discussions on the Libyan crisis, cooperation on combatting terrorism and illegal migration, as well as the latest developments in the Regeni murder investigation.

In an official statement, the Egyptian presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said El-Sisi highlighted the importance of agreement between the two countries on ways to settle the Libyan crisis, including backing the 2015 UN-brokered Skhirat agreement ahead of Libyan general elections in 2018.

He also discussed supporting the efforts of UN envoy Ghassan Salame on the issue, as well as the rebuilding of Libyan state institutions, including the Libyan National Army, the parliament and the government.

According to Rady, the president stressed Cairo’s "sincere determination" to reach final conclusions on the ongoing probe into the 2016 murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo.

“This comes through high-level judicial cooperation between Egyptian and Italian prosecutions, which has accomplished positive results in the past,” the statement read, adding that a meeting between officials from the two prosecutions will be held soon to discuss "positive developments" in the case.

Minniti said he appreciated the Egyptian president’s recent public statements on the Regeni case, made during the November World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm El-Sheikh. At the forum El-Sisi asserted the Egyptian state’s commitment to ascertaining the full truth of the matter.

The Italian minister stressed the depth and strength of relations between the two countries, adding that the upcoming period will witness more cooperation, especially on combating terrorism and irregular migration.

Minniti added that economic relations between the two nations would be boosted by the pumping of more Italian investments to Egypt.

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