Giulio Regeni – photo courtesy of Rgeneni Facebook account
CAIRO – 28 June 2019: In his meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Japan’s Osaka, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi affirmed his country’s keenness to reveal the truth behind the murder of Italian citizen Giulio Regeni in Egypt in 2016, according to a statement from the Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi on Friday.
President Sisi affirmed Egypt’s fully support to cooperation between the authorities of both countries to reveal the circumstances of the case, praising the bilateral ties, Radi added.
Giulio Regeni, a 28-year old doctoral researcher, disappeared early in 2016 in the Egyptian capital; he was found dead in February of the same year, with his body bearing signs of torture.
Both leaders also discussed the regional and international issues of mutual concerns, including the Libyan turmoil and counter-terrorism, Radi said.
President Sisi headed to Japan on Thursday to participate in the two-day G20 Summit, which kicked off Friday, as he leads the African Union this year.
President Sisi gave a speech at the China-Africa mini summit early Friday, affirming the importance of activating the Chinese initiative, “Belt and Road,” which aims to enhance trade, investments, and infrastructure in than 150 countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The initiative is a revival to what was known as “The Silk Road.”
Sisi will participate in a working session on global economy, trade and investment, as well as a special thematic session that focuses on innovation, digital economy and artificial intelligence.