ROME, 22 JAN – “During the talks we also addressed, because it is a very sensitive issue in Italy, the issues of Regeni and Zaki. I asked again for cooperation from the Egyptian side. Both the president and the foreign minister have assured me of Egypt’s willingness to remove obstacles that can create problems. There was, I have to tell the Italians, no reticence on the Egyptian side”. This was stated by Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani in Cairo. The topic “was raised by the president” Sisi, who said “that it is Egypt’s intention to resolve and remove all the obstacles to an ever more fruitful collaboration between our two countries”, added the head of the Farnesina. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi received Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani in the presidential palace of Al-Ettehadeya. Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady told ANSA that “Egypt is proud of its illustrious historical relationship with Italy” and that it “aspires to develop relations with Italy and to work with it within the framework of the strong partnership between two countries in order to develop bilateral relations in favor of fruitful cooperation in all fields”. Before the meeting, Tajani went to the cathedral and the Coptic church of St. Peter, where an attack took place in December 2016 which caused 29 deaths. (HANDLE).
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